Ebola Outbreak Declared In Congo After 11 Cases Confirmed, 1 Death


EBOLA- The Nigerian government on Wednesday said it was acting to prevent the spread of Ebola from Democratic Republic of Congo where an outbreak of the disease has killed 17 people.

Seven people with a hemorrhagic fever, including two confirmed cases of Ebola, were hospitalised in Bikoro as of Thursday, according to Health Minister Oly Ilunga.

17 people are reported to have died from the latest outbreak in the town since December previous year, according to the country's health ministry.

"We are very concerned, and we are planning for all scenarios, including the worst case scenario", WHO's head of emergency response Peter Salama told reporters in Geneva.

"We have also deployed medical personnel to conduct screening along the Busia and Malaba border posts with Uganda", Kariuki said at a joint news conference in Nairobi.

Nigeria recorded its first case of Ebola in 2014 right after a government official named Patrick Sawyer, who had previously been infected with the virus in Liberia, collapsed on birth at the airport terminal country's greatest town, catching health authorities oblivious. However, the disease is not as gruesome as has sometimes been reported (body organs don't liquiefy), which makes it hard to figure out what's Ebola and what's not.

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The report comes as World Health Organization confirmed that two of five samples collected from the Democratic Republic of the Congo had tested positive for Ebola virus. Those who help bury or clean the bodies of the infected are also at high risk. This is the fourth time that an Ebola outbreak has been reported in the former province of Equateur, following those of 1976, 1977 and 2014.

On Friday nine other countries countries were issued with alerts, with the regional risk from the deadly disease being classed as "moderate".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola, officially known as Ebola virus disease, is a rare condition caused by an infection with one of five known Ebola virus species.

Signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, sore throat, muscular pain and headaches. Unfortunately, there are no approved drugs to treat Ebola, although a vaccine has been tested in humans with some success.

The West African outbreak lasted for three years, infected about 28,000 people, killed 11,000 and spread out of Africa to places like the USA and Europe.

Ebola is spread through person-to-person contact with the blood, or other bodily fluids, of an infected person.