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Congo Faces Another Ebola Outbreak After 18 Die, 2 Cases Confirmed

12 May 2018

The outbreak is in the market town of Bikoro in the north-west of the country. Yet exactly why the DRC is hit so often remains an unanswered question.

Worldwide health organizations are on heightened alert regarding the current Ebola outbreak in Bikoro, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

"Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) will also consider sending some team to DRC as part of building capacity for managing the outbreak", he told reporters.

This is DRC's ninth outbreak of Ebola since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976.

Two of those cases are confirmed to be Ebola. Three of the 32 cases were among healthcare workers. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids, and tissues of infected animals or people. During this time, there were 11 reported cases of the disease in the U.S. The government assures Kenyans and travellers that there is no Ebola case. The five new cases were then identified and sent to the laboratory, Congo's government said.

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After the catastrophic 2014 outbreak, Obama went to Congress and passed a $5.4 billion package of funding for dealing with any possible Ebola outbreak.

Ebola has returned to Africa. A 2014 outbreak killed 49 people.

It has been revealed that over 80 per cent of the population will be needed to get immunised to prevent outbreak of the disease.

Controlling the spread in the community is combatted by tracing and isolating people who have been in contact with an Ebola victim.

In the above entry points the Ministry has installed Electronic scanners, Hand-gun thermo scanners and other support systems for screening travelers coming into the country. Prior to this outbreak the most recent epidemic in the DRC was in May 2017.

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To date, the outbreak is reported in a remote area and appears to be geographically limited.

The CDC says health care providers caring for Ebola patients are at the highest risk.

The overall risk at the regional level is considered moderate because of the proximity to the Congo river, which links with both the capitals of the Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

In response to this, Khwima Longwe sarcastically said: "Kuno Mulungu amangotimvera chifundo kuti matenda enawa asamafike shuwa" (saying we only survive some of these catastrophes that ought to befell on us because of our negligence by just God's grace). But the British and USA organizations are not yet part of the formal response on the ground. WHO will also work with national authorities in planning further public health measures such as vaccination campaigns.

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Congo Faces Another Ebola Outbreak After 18 Die, 2 Cases Confirmed