Congo confirms first death in latest Ebola outbreak

11 May, 2018, 04:24 | Author: Homer Porter
  • How the Ebola virus attacks

This is the ninth time an Ebola outbreak has been recorded in DR Congo.

However, in the last month, there has been 19 suspected cases of Ebola, with 16 confirmed.

The World Health Organization is on the alert and will send epidemiologists and prevention experts to help health authorities on the ground to prevent any spread of the highly contagious disease.

A total of 250,000 USA dollars has been set aside for outbreak response activities, and more resources are being mobilized, the statement said.

Serge Ngaleto, the director of Bikoro's main hospital, told Reuters: 'After contact, the nurses began showing signs...we have isolated them'.

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.

Mr Ilunga said 17 deaths that drew the attention of health officials over the weekend to the region had not yet been confirmed as resulting from Ebola.

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Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and hemorrhaging can begin two to 21 days after exposure.

But Ikoko Impenge and Bikoro are situated not far from the banks of the Congo River, a major artery for trade and transport upstream from the capital Kinshasa.

Ebola occasionally jumps to humans from animals, including bats and monkeys. No flawless cure has been found for the disease yet, but treatment focuses on supporting the body by providing fluids, replacing lost blood and treating other infections that develop.

The director of the National Institute of Biological and Bacterial Research, Dr. Jean Jacques Muyembe, said Wednesday that health experts should be able to quickly contain this outbreak because the area is so remote.

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. His mother and 10 others then showed similar symptoms.

Zambia on Thursday announced heightened surveillance measures following fresh outbreak of Ebola in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Nigeria recorded its first case of Ebola in 2014 after a government official named Patrick Sawyer, who had been infected with the virus from Liberia, collapsed on arrival at the airport in country's biggest city, catching health authorities unawares.

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