Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Ebola vaccines to be shipped to DR Congo, WHO confirms

GETTY Images Ebola outbreak Virus return to Congo- symptoms of deadly infection revealed GETTY Images Ebola outbreak Virus return to Congo- symptoms of deadly infection revealed
Johnnie Parks | 11 May, 2018, 19:36

More than 450 million people are residing in areas affected from Ebola viruses and a lot of them come under rural section.

Congolese health authorities say at least seventeen people have died from Ebola so far.

The same day the outbreak was announced, the White House official in charge of global pandemic response stepped down.

CNN reported that there have been a total of 21 suspected cases and 17 deaths in the past five weeks, and the current outbreak has already surpassed the numbers from the 2017 epidemic.

Ilunga also said seven people, including two with confirmed cases of Ebola have been hospitalized.

The immediate risk was to the provincial capital Mbandaka, with about 1 million inhabitants, but Congo's nine neighbors have also been put on high alert in case the disease crosses a border, especially by river to the Republic of Congo or Central African Republic.

He said the affected region of the vast strife-torn central African country is very remote and hard to reach. Bikoro health zone has a population of around 163 000 people with three hospitals and 19 health centres covering the population, most with limited functionality.

The Government has said there has been no case of Ebola reported in Kenya despite a recent outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

GETTY Images Ebola outbreak A very high fever could be a sign of Ebola
GETTY Images Ebola outbreak A very high fever could be a sign of Ebola

Information is now limited and investigations are ongoing to assess the full extent of the outbreak.

"There is no case of Ebola in Kenya and indeed we have intervention measures just in the event that anything occurs", she said, adding that the Ministry has in the meantime formed National Emergency Council in a move meant to prevent any importation of the disease into the country.

The outbreak, declared by the DRC health ministry on Tuesday, is the country's ninth known outbreak of Ebola since 1976, when the deadly viral disease was first identified in then-Zaire by a Belgian-led team. The last Ebola outbreak in RC Congo broke out in 2017 but was quickly contained due to timely alert and joint efforts by the government, WHO, and other worldwide partners.

An Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sickened 32 people, including three health workers, according to the latest update from the World Health Organization (WHO).

That outbreak killed more than 11,300 people out of almost 29,000 registered cases, according to World Health Organization estimates.

Chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines can also become infected with Ebola, which makes them potential vectors for transmission if they are killed, butchered and eaten.

It comes after Ebola fears prompted emergency measures in Nigeria across the border.

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