In the Congo record new Ebola outbreak

18 May, 2018, 16:01 | Author: Homer Porter
  • Congolese Health Ministry officials carry the first batch of experimental Ebola vaccines in Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo

The WHO will be deploying about 30 experts to scrutinise and inspect the city, is working along with the Ministry of Health and also believes in engaging with the communities to prevent and treat and report about new cases.

It said the new death has epidemiologic ties to another case.

These would be given as a priority to people in Mbandaka who had been in contact with those suspected of carrying the Ebola virus before people in any other affected area, Mr Salama said.

One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Mbandaka, a city with a population of about 1.2 million, World Health Organization confirmed on Thursday.

The new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of almost 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Congo, the World Health Organization confirmed Thursday, CNN reported.

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"We are entering a new phase of the Ebola outbreak that is now affecting three health zones, including an urban health zone", Ilunga said in a statement. A newly confirmed case in a densely populated part of the country will complicate attempts to control the outbreak, the statement said. Fourteen of those cases are confirmed to be Ebola virus disease, 10 are suspected and 21 are probable.

An Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo has a high risk of spreading internally, the World Health Organization warned Friday ahead of a meeting on whether to declare it an event of worldwide concern. One nurse had died, and three others were among suspected cases since the outbreak began. Ebola is a highly infectious disease spread through contact with even small amounts of bodily fluid of an infected person.

The Commission operates a dedicated humanitarian air service called "ECHO Flight" in African countries, with hubs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and Mali. Under surveillance is placed, as mentioned above, more than five hundred people, one way or another had contact with the infected. The vaccination campaign would first target health workers.

Earlier it was also reported that as a preventive measures in the Congo was sent an experimental vaccine against Ebola. The virus can be fatal in up to 90 percent of cases, depending on the strain.

First symptoms generally include the sudden onset of fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, and this is followed by vomiting and diarrhoea.

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