World Health Organization confirms second Ebola case in Congo outbreak

Evrard Martin
Mai 17, 2017

This is coming at the heel of the Ebola disease outbreak in the Northern part of Democratic Republic of Congo after 11 suspected cases were reported and three reportedly killed.

Health workers are trying to trace 125 people thought to be linked to the cases in the country's remote northeastern province of Bas-Uele, near the border with the Central African Republic.

On Saturday, May 13, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will send a 14-person team comprising doctors, nurses, logisticians, water and sanitation experts, health promoters, and an epidemiologist to Likati to launch an emergency intervention, in coordination with a 10-person team from the Congolese Ministry of Health.

He said the symptoms to look out for included fever, fatigue, weakness, dizziness and muscle aches.

"The health minister directs all Nigerian health workers to maintain a high index of suspicion by screening all haemorrhagic fever patients for Ebola", she said.

WHO said it was working with DRC officials and sending health workers to help deal with the crisis.

He urged Nigerians not to panic saying the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is on ground and equipped to secure the health of citizens.

Adewole called on states to begin social mobilization and media awareness efforts, via TV, radio, print and social media.

The minister also encouraged members of the public to observe a high level of personal hygiene including regular hand washing and to also report all cases of fever to the nearest health facility.

"Of the five blood samples taken from suspected cases and analyzed at the INRB, one was positive for the Ebola virus", the minister said in a correspondence addressed to the World Health Organization representative in the DRC.

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