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Shock Ebola outbreak in Congo - 10 new cases suspected and two confirmed

Shock Ebola outbreak in Congo - 10 new cases suspected and two confirmed

At least 17 people have died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

"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 Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.

According to the same source, the Ministry of Health is preparing the declaration of the epidemic in this part of the country to initiate an immediate response. It was named after the Ebola river in the east of the country. The Ebola virus is believed to be spread over long distances by bats, which can host the virus without dying, as it infects other animals it shares trees with such as monkeys.

It often spreads to humans via infected bushmeat.

Scientists confirmed Ebola in two out of five specimens collected from patients, though it is gathering more, since the outbreak could be more widespread. The new cases were reported from a small health facility about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Bikoro.

The post Fresh Ebola Outbreak In Congo, 17 Dead appeared first on Ngyab.

WHO and local officials were able to quickly control last year's outbreak in an isolated part of the country, though the 2013-2016 swept through densely populated areas, devastating Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and sparking a US debate about travel bans and whether to quarantine returning health workers.

Recall that in the summer of 2017, the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo ceased.

Despite regular outbreaks every few years, death tolls in Congo have been significantly lower.

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