Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

New Ebola OUTBREAK causes fatalities as disease enters 'NEW PHASE'

New Ebola OUTBREAK causes fatalities as disease enters 'NEW PHASE'

The Democratic Republic of Congo's new ebola outbreak has entered a "new phase", the country's health minister has announced. According to Ilunga, one sample proved positive for the deadly Ebola virus, bringing to three the number of confirmed Ebola cases in three health zones.

So far, 23 deaths have been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo's latest Ebola outbreak, the ninth since the disease made its first-known appearance near its northern Ebola river in the 1970s.

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As of 15 May, a total of 44 Ebola virus disease cases have been reported: 3 confirmed, 20 probable, and 21 suspected.

Ebola is most feared for the internal and external bleeding it can cause in victims owing to damage done to blood vessels.

"The arrival of Ebola in an urban area is very concerning and WHO and partners are working together to rapidly scale up the search for all contacts of the confirmed case in the Mbandaka area", said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.


Spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga says the vaccines will be sent to Mbandaka and Bikoro, the rural areas where two confirmed cases and several suspected cases have been reported.

The first batch of 4,000 doses of vaccine was already being flown to Kinshasa, and the World Health Organization plans to send a second batch of 4,000 doses in coming days, World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.

According to the country's Ministry of Health, the vaccine arrived on Wednesday, after it declared the outbreak in the northwest region near Congo-Brazzaville on May 8.

Supplies sent to Congo included more than 300 body bags for safe burials in affected communities.

Over 11,000 people have died of Ebola in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone between 2014 and 2016. It will be reserved for people suspected of coming in contact with the disease.

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