Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
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Congo confirms Ebola cases, more suspected

Congo confirms Ebola cases, more suspected

The virus is transmitted to human through contact with wild animals and can then be passed from person to person. The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%.

Doctors Without Borders is one of the organizations who will assist the WHO, and the response will be modelled after the methods used in a 2017 Ebola outbreak that occurred in another DRC province.

The two confirmed cases are part of the samples taken from the on-site patients a few days ago in the province of Equateur, said the source.

Previously 5 weeks, there have been 21 suspected instances of viral hemorrhagic fever, together with 17 deaths.

The latest incidence of the disease comes less than a year after the central African country's last outbreak, in which eight people were infected of whom four died.

"Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the Government and partners to reduce the loss of life and suffering related to this new Ebola virus disease outbreak".

The first multidisciplinary team comprised of experts from WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières and Provincial Division of Health travelled today to Bikoro to strengthen coordination and investigations.

"We know that addressing this outbreak will require a comprehensive and coordinated response".

"We will work closely with health authorities and partners to support the national response", he said. The brand new instances had been reported from a small well being facility about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Bikoro.

Many health facilities in the region rely on global assistance for both services and supplies.

The deployment of "well-trained human resources" was made to "rapidly control" the outbreak, it said.

Upon studying of the confirmed instances, the World Health Organization alerted neighboring worldwide locations and arrange its Incident Administration System to completely dedicate workers and assets to the response.

The worldwide health organisation says it has released $1m (£738,000) from an emergency fund and has deployed more than 50 experts to work with officials in the DR Congo.

Ebola is endemic to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The UN health agency said it would also adopt prompt testing, immediate notification of results, and a fast overall response by local and national authorities together with worldwide partners.

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