Sunday, 18 November, 2018

World Health Organization swings into action after fresh outbreak of Ebola in Congo

Map of the Democratic Republic of Congo locating a new outbreak of Ebola virus near the town of Bikoro on the shores of Lake Tumba in the north-western Equateur province Deadly Outbreak Reported in 11th Largest Country in the World: 17 Dead, More Sickened
Marty Perkins | 11 May, 2018, 04:28

The statement reads: "Following a fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has re-assured passengers and other airport users of safety across its network of airports".

The minister clarified with The Associated Press that testing still must be done in nine cases, and equipment to conduct rapid testing on the patients has been dispatched.

The death happened overnight at a hospital in nearby Ikoko Impenge hospital that also reported four new suspected cases of Ebola, Ilunga said. "This situation worries us and requires an immediate and energetic response".

"We have isolated the patients".

At least 17 people have died since inhabitants of a village in the country's northwest began showing symptoms resembling Ebola in December, according to the World Health Organization.

This is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the disease made its first known appearance - near the vast central African country's northern Ebola river - in the 1970s.




The GHS Director said the Service will continue to educate the public about the early signs which include fever, headache, muscle pain and chills as well as later symptoms where a person may experience internal bleeding resulting in vomiting or coughing blood. There are various hemorrhagic fevers - including Ebola. A majority of the cases of Ebola have been recorded around the village of Ikoko Impenge.

It is believed to be spread over long distances by bats, which can host the virus without dying, as it infects other animals it shares trees with such as monkeys.

Bikoro health zone has a population of around 163 000 people with three hospitals and 19 health centres covering the population, most with limited functionality. Without preventive measures, the virus can spread quickly between people and is fatal in up to 90 percent of cases.

The pledge comes after the DRC government announced the latest outbreak this week, following tests that confirmed two cases of Ebola in the Bikoro area, near the north-west border. His mother and 10 others then showed similar symptoms.

Another 11 people, including three nurses, are ill with the deadly virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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