Northwest Congo hospital has four new suspected Ebola cases

Alicia Farmer
May 12, 2018

The deaths occurred over a period of time and Ebola, which is not the only virus responsible for hemorrhagic fevers, has not been confirmed as the cause in any of the 17 cases, Ilunga said. The medical department in the country is primarily dependent on the support from the WHO and other health partners for its emergency response.

DRC experienced its last outbreak in 2017 in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province. The disease was first identified in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, and the other in Yambuku, a village near the Ebola River from which the disease takes its name.

The WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières and Provincial Division of Health traveled today to Bikoro in an effort to stem the outbreak. World Health Organization plans to deploy epidemiologists, logisticians, clinicians, infection prevention and control experts, risk communications experts and vaccination support teams in the coming days. Another is a woman from Ikoko Impenge, the epicentre of the outbreak some 30km from Bikoro, he said.

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Ebola is often fatal if untreated.

Ilunga told The Associated Press that the patient who died was a nurse.

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The disease also spread to Nigeria when Patrick Sawyer, who was infected with the virus, flew into the country from Liberia.

Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, who briefed State House correspondents shortly after FEC meeting on Wednesday, said council ordered steps to be taken to keep the Ebola outbreak in Congo from entering Nigeria. It comes less than a year after an outbreak killed eight people in Congo's remote northeastern forests.

The research was done in an attempt to assess why the global response to the Ebola pandemic was so sloppy and to fill those gaps before another disaster strikes.

A study released past year also suggested disease "superspreaders" fueled the transmission of the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

The GHS Director said the Service will continue to educate the public about the early signs which include fever, headache, muscle pain and chills as well as later symptoms where a person may experience internal bleeding resulting in vomiting or coughing blood.

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