Doctors sweat 1st urban case of Ebola

18 May, 2018, 16:00 | Author: Angelica Greene
  • Doctors sweat 1st urban case of Ebola

Currently, WHO said it considers the public health risk to be high at the national level, moderate at the regional level and low at the worldwide level. The WHO said it is deploying about 30 more experts to the city.

The outbreak, publicly declared on May 8, had previously been reported in a rural area of Equateur that lies roughly 150 kilometres (93 miles) from Mbandaka.

Meanwhile, humanitarian organisation Doctors without Borders has intensified its response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The reassessment came after the first confirmed case in Mbandaka, a city of around 1.5 million on the banks of the Congo River in the northwest of the country.

Ilunga said of the current 25 deaths, only one has been confirmed as Ebola, adding that no new health professionals have been contaminated.

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A ministry statement late Thursday said that the total number of Ebola cases is now 45, including 10 suspected, 21 probable and 14 confirmed.

"If you remember from the previous outbreak, it took a whole lot for the worldwide community to understand it's a risky disease.Today it seems as if as soon as the first case was declared at least a lot of people are coming in to help", said Axelle Ronsse of the organisation. A newly confirmed case in a densely populated part of the country will complicate attempts to control the outbreak, the statement said.

Mbandaka had three suspected cases in addition to the confirmed case.

The Commission noted that the allocated funding would "ensure deployment of relevant surge capacity to the affected areas, surveillance and contact tracing of Ebola victims as well as active case finding for early detection of those infected".

But WHO advised against any restriction of travel and trade to the Democratic Republic of the Congo based on the now available information.

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Those exposed will for the first time in Congo receive Ebola vaccinations, the health minister said. Moreover, WHO said that no restrictions have issued on worldwide travel.

The Ebola vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV - has been shown to be safe in humans and highly effective against the virus, according to the WHO. The virus is initially transmitted to people from wild animals, including bats and monkeys. Under the supervision are already more than five hundred people.

Moreover, WHO has deployed 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines in DRC and more of the vaccines should reach DRC in the coming days.

The virus is endemic to DRC, and causes an acute, serious illness, which is often fatal if untreated.

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