Congo Ebola outbreak kills 17 but risk of spreading is 'very low'

11 May, 2018, 04:49 | Author: Angelica Greene
  • Congo Ebola outbreak kills 17 but risk of spreading is 'very low'

Two of the samples tested positive for the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus, the ministry said. These belong to the Equateur Province.

The cases could be linked to a policeman in the Bikoro health zone who presented symptoms of hemorrhagic fever and died in December, Muyembe said.

The Virus which is transmitted by bats was first discovered in DRC in 1976 and named after the Ebola River. The virus spreads by direct contact with body fluids, such as blood, of an infected human or other animals.

Ngaleto said of all cases so far reported, seven were now in the hospital in Bikoro.

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According to a statement from the ministry, the team would go to Bikoro today to prevent the spread of this infection further. Adewole said over the last one month, DRC recorded 19 suspected cases of viral hemorrhagic fever and lost 16 persons in the cases.

I'd also like to thank the fearless healthcare experts already working on this response, and on broader work to tackle disease outbreaks across the globe to stop these threats reaching our shores. It kills almost 90 percent of all infected.

The announcement by Health Minister Oly Ilunga on Thursday came as five new suspected cases of Ebola were also reported in Congo's northwestern town of Bikoro, where an outbreak of the deadly virus was declared this week.

Dr Antony Nsiah Asare, Director General of the GHS, who confirmed receiving an alert form the World Health Organisation (WHO) added the country is putting all its surveillance in place. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said it has set aside $250 000 for response to the outbreak while mobilising a team with experience in previous Ebola outbreaks.

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"Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease".

The WHO is now working with the Congo's government and released $1 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to scale and mobilize an emergency response to contain the current outbreak.

The funding will be available to the Government of the DRC and the World Health Organization (WHO) for the critical research needed to support the operational response now underway in the country.

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