World Health Organization swings into action after fresh outbreak of Ebola in Congo

11 May, 2018, 04:25 | Author: Otis Hoffman
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NAIJ.com previously reported that Ebola deadly virus, that raged in some West African countries several years ago, has staged a return in northwest part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), killing 17 people. If suspected, the disease can be identified through two blood tests-Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Kenya's health ministry announced that travellers entering the country will be screened for the disease to prevent the virus from speading.

Nigeria placed its airports, seaports, and land borders on alert after the news of the Ebola outbreak in DRC.

This is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the disease made its first known appearance - near the vast central African country's northern Ebola river - in the 1970s. "We want to assure Nigerians that the Federal Government is concerned about the outbreak and will do everything possible to keep the country safe", Nigeria's Minister for Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said yesterday. We will also ensure we step up all activities screening people coming in so that we will not be caught unawares.

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THE Federal Government has stepped up screening at major worldwide airports to combat the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said yesterday. No ideal 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.

Ebola is thought to be spread over long distances by fruit bats and is often transmitted to humans via contaminated bushmeat.

Ngalebato says that among the new suspected cases is a woman from Ikoko Impenge, the epicenter of the outbreak some 30km from Bikoro. Seventeen of those later died. The death toll in 2017 was restricted to four after the World Health Organization successfully set up a ground coordination support and an incident management system within 24 hours of the government declaring the outbreak.

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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