Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

AU disease control centre to help DRC fight new Ebola outbreak

AU disease control centre to help DRC fight new Ebola outbreak

This is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the vast, forested central African nation since it was first identified near its northern Ebola river in the 1970s.

The first death from a new outbreak of Ebola in the north west of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been confirmed along with 11 other cases of people sick with the virus. He said the situation calls for an immediate and energetic response.

Already two Ebola cases have been confirmed in the region.

A source at the airport confirmed the development to our correspondent, saying, "Though relevant authorities especially the Port Health Services desk have been doing their job but with the directive coming from the government and the outbreak of the disease in Congo, all hands are now more on deck to arrest any eventuality".

The cases could be linked to a policeman in the Bikoro health zone who presented symptoms of hemorrhagic fever and died in December, Muyembe said.

Correction from The Associated Press: Neither the death nor the new cases have been confirmed as Ebola, according to Congo's health ministry, who say that there are a total of nine new cases, not 11, as previously reported.

Another is a woman from Ikoko Impenge, the epicentre of the outbreak some 30km from Bikoro, he said.

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Serge Ngaleto, the director of Bikoro's main hospital, told Reuters: 'After contact, the nurses began showing signs...we have isolated them'. All of those could be traced back to Ikoko Impenge, about 60 km (37 miles) away from Bikoro, except for one from the next door hamlet of Pangi.

Congo's long experience of Ebola and its vast, remote geography mean outbreaks are often localised and relatively easy to isolate and snuff out.

A spokesman for the director of epidemiology in Congo Republic said government experts would meet on Thursday to discuss measures to prevent it crossing the border.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is facing another episode of Ebola-related haemorrhagic fever.

Nigeria's health ministry on Wednesday ordered emergency measures to be put in place to screen visitors from the DR Congo and neighbouring countries.

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

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