Congo Faces Another Ebola Outbreak After 18 Die, 2 Cases Confirmed

Seventeen people in northwest Democratic

Seventeen people in northwest Democratic

Also, the world is better able to support affected countries, and continue testing the Ebola vaccine, which was trialled somewhat in West Africa.

Salama emphasized that the vaccination operation for Ebola is far more complex than that for orally-administered polio vaccine. This is the ninth outbreak of Ebola virus disease over the last four decades in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the most recent occurring in May 2017. Neighboring countries have been alerted about the new outbreak. Another 32 cases of patients with Ebola-like symptoms have been reported, including three health workers. Of these total cases, two tested positive for Ebola virus disease, according to the WHO. The team will also set up an active case search and contact tracing, establish Ebola treatment units to care for patients, set up mobile labs, and engage the community on safe practices. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids, and tissues of infected animals or people. The cases are in a remote area of the country with "absolutely dire" infrastructure. The Congolese capital's population of 14 million means the disease would spread very quickly if it reaches the city, which is far from the affected area.

Donald Trump on Tuesday announced cuts of $252 million in Ebola response funds, which he called part of a move to end "irresponsible spending".

Today a response plan is being drawn up by the Ministry of Health with all the others in order to be able to organize the response to this new epidemic.

"It is important to remember that there are several types of hemorrhagic fever apart from the Ebola virus" in the country, Ilunga says.

Geneva/Brazzaville/Kinshasa, 11 May 2018-The World Health Organization (WHO) and a broad range of partners are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) working with the Government to contain an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Bikoro health zone, Equateur Province. The epidemic was concentrated in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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Ebola spread to Nigeria in 2014 when Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American diplomat, flew into the country from Liberia and collapsed at the main global airport in Lagos.

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

"We are very concerned, and we are planning for all scenarios, including the worst case scenario", Salama told reporters, Medical Xpress reported.

Democratic Republic of Congo - a simple intervention that could potentially have saved thousands of lives had it been ready in 2014.

Nine countries surrounding the Congo include Angola, Zambia, Tanzaia, Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.

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