Ebola Virus Returns: Latest Outbreak in Congo Kills 17

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   OUTBREAK Two new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Congo

Government Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have confirmed two new cases of Ebola in the country. The team found 5 cases, 2 of whom were hospitalized at Bikoro General Hospital and 3 at the Ikoko Impenge Health Center. Without preventive measures, the virus can spread quickly between people and is fatal in up to 90 per cent of cases.

"Our country is facing another epidemic of the Ebola virus, which constitutes an global public health emergency", the ministry added in a statement.

An outbreak in West Africa, which began in 2014 left more than 11,000 dead across six countries, including Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, was not declared officially over by World Health Organization until the beginning of 2016.

This is the ninth outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in the Congo in 1976.

A new Ebola outbreak has killed 17 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo as of May 3.

Scientists confirmed Ebola in two out of five specimens collected from patients, though it is gathering more, since the outbreak could be more widespread.

The government also made a decision to deploy on Wednesday a team of experts from the central level from Kinshasa to Bikoro with a set of appropriate equipment to oversee the investigations and the organization of the response on field.


The bats infect other animals, such as monkeys, and the virus is often spread to human populations through infected bush-meat or contact with bodily fluids of infected animals.

"We still dispose of the well trained human resources that were able to rapidly control previous epidemics".

"Working with partners and responding early and in a co-ordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease".

Ebola, which has no proven cure, killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa from 2013-16 as it swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

"We will work closely with health authorities and partners to support the national response", he said.

The global health agency said facilities in the town had to rely on worldwide organisations for fresh medical supplies.

This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.

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