Congo says another dies from suspected Ebola infection

12 May, 2018, 20:59 | Author: Otis Hoffman
  • Seventeen people in northwest Democratic

Eleven new cases of hemorrhagic fever, including one death, have been reported since Tuesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Minister of Health Dr. Oly Ilunga said Thursday in Kinshasa. Nine other cases of Ebola sick people have also been registered.

Scientists believe Ebola is most transmitted to people from wild animals like fruit bats, antelope, porcupines, gorillas, and chimpanzees.

Duncan was not diagnosed with Ebola before leaving Liberia, but began to suffer symptoms a few days after reaching the U.S. Two nurses who treated Duncan at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas also contracted Ebola from their contact with him, but both recovered.

World Health Organization has recorded 32 suspected or confirmed cases in Bikoro, including 18 deaths, between April 4 and May 9.

Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told the Washington Post that Ebola outbreaks are risky in an increasingly urbanizing Africa because once infections spread to a metropolitan area, they become much more hard to control.

"WHO is supporting the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in coordinating this response; this is the country's ninth Ebola outbreak and there is considerable expertise in-country", said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

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Wellcome Trust is providing two million pounds sterling for the critical research needed to support the operational response which is now underway in the country. The ministry and the World Health Organization have developed a plan to respond to the outbreak over the next three months.

Challenges will include keeping the vaccine at low temperatures in DR Congo's heat and with the lack of infrastructure in a rural area, as well as getting the vaccine to those who have been exposed to the virus. The most recent epidemic took place in May 2017 in the health zone of Likati, province of Bas-Uele.

While it is feared that the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo which had claimed 17 lives by Thursday, the Government has assured travelers and citizens that the country is safe and that all measures are being looked at to contain possible virus spread. Eighteen people died as of Friday, including a nurse.

During the massive Ebola crisis that gripped west Africa from 2014 to 2016, researchers were told about a bat-filled roosting tree in Guinea they suspected may have been ground zero for that outbreak.

The risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United Kingdom remains negligible, it added.

Ebola spread to Nigeria in 2014 when Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American diplomat, flew into the country from Liberia and collapsed at the main global airport in Lagos. The Congo Republic is just on the other side of the river.

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