Ebola WHO declares outbreak in northeast DR Congo

Evrard Martin
Mai 13, 2017

"The Likati health district is in a remote area, but contact tracing is essential to contain the epidemic in its focus; the DRC can rely on very experienced health workers for this objective".

It was one of three deaths and nine suspected cases reported in the country since April 22, World Health Organization communications officer Christoper Lindmeier told HuffPost.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that Congo's ministry of health announced a single case of Ebola.

The WHO confirmed one of the deaths as a case of Ebola in a lab in Kinshasa, the DRC's largest city. The infection spreads mainly through contact with body fluids, such as blood, feces, urine, and saliva.

In a television address, Health Minister Oly Ilunga confirmed the outbreak while urging the population "not to panic". Although he warned that the outbreak was a "national health emergency with worldwide significance", he urged citizens not to panic. The community is near the border with Central African Republic. We always take this very seriously."This latest Ebola outbreak is Congo's eighth, the most of any country".

On Saturday 13 May, in coordination with the ministry of health, MSF will send a team of 14 people to Likati to launch an emergency intervention. Regional health workers have also been mobilized to the area, Kabambi added.

That experience helped Congolese authorities respond effectively to an outbreak in 2014 that killed 49 people.

Contagion® will continue to provide more information as the situation unfolds. Three of the people have died.

There is no approved vaccine to prevent the virus, and there is no approved treatment or cure.

This showed that the vaccine was highly effective, according to a study published last December in the medical journal Lancet. Committee members were told by officials from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone said that new cases in the countries had not been reported for months, although there were still several small clusters of cases.

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