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Laboratory results confirmed two cases of the Disorder

09 May 2018
Laboratory results confirmed two cases of the Disorder

It often spreads to humans via infected bushmeat.

Seventeen people in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have died from Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday, describing the fresh outbreak as a "public health emergency with global impact". Ebola is fatal in about 50 per cent of cases.

The latest outbreak is the ninth outbreak, since the discovery of the Ebola virus in the country in 1976. In the past five weeks, there have been 21 suspected viral haemorrhagic fever in and around the iIkoko Iponge, including 17 deaths.

The most recent outbreak was in May 2017 that killed four of the eight people infected in Congo's Bas-Uele province in the northeast.

A source in the central African country's ministry of health said more details would be provided in a formal announcement later today. "Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease", he said.

The government also chose to deploy on Wednesday a team of experts from the central level from Kinshasa to Bikoro with a set of appropriate equipment to oversee the investigations and the organization of the response on field.

The WHO stated it's once more working carefully with the federal government to quickly scale up its operations and mobilize well being companions, together with Medicin sans Frontieres (Medical doctors With out Borders), utilizing its mannequin of a profitable response to the Ebola outbreak of 2017.

"We will gather more samples, conduct contact tracing, engage the communities with messages on prevention and control, and put in place methods for improving data collection and sharing", said Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement.

"Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the government " the WHO's Peter Salama said in a statement.

The worldwide health organisation said it released US$1 million (NZ$1.4 million) from an emergency fund and deployed more than 50 experts to work with officials in the country. The town is roughly 40 miles from the Republic of Congo border.

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

The last outbreak in the country saw teams of World Health Organization experts, including epidemiologists, biologists and hygiene specialists, dispatched to the country's north-east.

Health officials took samples from five suspected Ebola cases in Bikoro, in Equateur Province, to be tested at the Institut National de Recherche Biomedicale in the capital, Kinshasa, it added.