Ebola outbreak declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Deadly Outbreak Reported in 11th Largest Country in the World: 17 Dead, More Sickened

Deadly Outbreak Reported in 11th Largest Country in the World: 17 Dead, More Sickened

The first deaths from Democratic Republic of Congo's current outbreak of the Ebola virus have been confirmed.

A total of 250,000 US dollars has been set aside for outbreak response activities, and more resources are being mobilized, the statement said. Officials from the World Health Organization and other global health agencies are in the area to help contain the outbreak's spread.

Before Thursday's statement by Ilunga, two cases of the Zaire strain of Ebola had been confirmed in the region. These were sent to Institute National de Recherche Biomédicale in Kinshasa on 7 May 2018, where the two samples from Ikoko-Impenge were found positive by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay for Ebola virus on the same day.

Serge Ngaleto, the director of Bikoro's main hospital, told Reuters: 'After contact, the nurses began showing signs...we have isolated them'.

Though, there is no direct flight to Democratic Republic of Congo, some Nigerian carriers, including Arik Air, Air Peace, Medview Airlines fly, into some West and Central African countries.

Seven people with a hemorrhagic fever, including two confirmed cases of Ebola, were hospitalized in Bikoro as of Thursday, according to Health Minister Oly Ilunga. Three other nurses also were being treated for a hemorrhagic fever, he said. The disease shows early symptoms similar to other diseases like typhoid and malaria-fever, headache, muscle pain and chills-and this makes it hard to identify it in its initial phases. 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.

The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans from wild animals (monkeys, bats) and spreads in populations by human-to-human transmission: through direct contact with blood, secretions, organs or body fluids of infected persons or with surfaces or materials contaminated by this type of liquid, the World Health Organization explains. Without preventive measures, the virus can spread quickly between people and is fatal in up to 90 percent of cases. His mother and 10 others then showed similar symptoms.

The Ghana Health Service has issued a stern warning to the general public regarding the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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