Breaking: Ebola virus back in the Congo

According to the World Health Organisation, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo declared an outbreak of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the country few hours ago.

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The declaration of this rare and deadly disease came after laboratory results confirmed two cases of the disease in the province of Bikoro in the northwestern part of the country.

The Ebola virus disease is caused by one of five Ebola viruses.
The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
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The average case fatality rate is around 50%.
In the past five weeks, there have been 21 suspected cases of the hemorrhagic fever including 17 deaths.
The WHO’s regional director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti has assured the general public that the needed activities to combact the virus has been put in place.
Here is what he said:
“We will gather more samples, conduct contact tracing, engage the communities with messages on prevention and control, and put in place methods for improving data collection and sharing.
“WHO will work closely with health authorities and partners to support the national response.”
This is the 9th time an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease would happen in the Republic of Congo since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976.
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In 2017 on outbreak occurred in the northern Bas Uele province of the country.
However, things didn’t spiral up as the outbreak was quickly contained due to joint efforts by the government, the WHO and other partners.
The WHO has made it clear that it will leave no stones unturn in containing the virus this time as well.
It is working closely with the government to rapidly scale up its operations and mobilize health partners, including Medicin sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), using its models that led to the successful response to the Ebola outbreak in 2017.
Upon learning of the confirmed cases, the WHO alerted neighboring countries and set up its Incident Management System to fully dedicate staff and resources to the response.
The WHO also released $1 million from a contingency fund to support its activities for the next three months with the hope that the spread of Ebola to surrounding provinces and countries is mitigated.
Bikiro is situated on the shores of Lake Tumba near the border with the Republic of the Congo.
The new cases were reported from a small health facility about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Bikoro.
The last time there was an Ebola epidemic in the Congo, it spread into Nigeria however, it was detected quickly and was contained.


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