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

17 May, 2018, 14:45 | Author: Hope Soto
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One new case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of almost 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The outbreak, publicly declared on May 8, had previously been reported in a rural area of Equateur that lies roughly 150 kilometres (93 miles) from Mbandaka.

"This weekend, two suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in the health zone of Wangata, one of the health zones of Mbandaka City".

Ebola has spread to an urban area of Congo.

At least 44 suspected cases have been registered since the beginning of the epidemic with 23 deaths including 1 confirmed Ebola death, according to the latest statistics from the Minister of Health.

Until now, all the confirmed Ebola cases were reported from Bikoro health zone, which is also in Equateur Province but at a distance of almost 150 km from Mbandaka.

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It is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in Congo since the disease made its first-known appearance near its northern Ebola river in the 1970s.

Last year, eight people were infected and four people died after an outbreak of the disease, according to the Centres for Disease Control.

Ebola is a serious infectious illness that causes internal bleeding and often proves fatal.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

"This is a concerning development, but we now have better tools than ever before to combat Ebola", said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. An additional 4,000 doses would be deployed in the coming days with more available if needed, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. "WHO and our partners are taking decisive action to stop further spread of the virus".

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