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DR Congo Confirms New Outbreak Of Ebola

DR Congo Confirms New Outbreak Of Ebola

At least 17 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have died from Ebola, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday, describing the fresh outbreak as a “public health emergency with international impact.”

“Twenty-one cases of fever with haemorrhagic indications and 17 deaths” have been documented in Equateur province, it said, citing a notification to the ministry as of May.

This is the ninth outbreak of Ebola in DRC since 1976, when the deadly viral disease was first identified in then-Zaire by a Belgian-led team. In Geneva, the World Health Organization (WHO) said lab tests in the DRC confirmed the presence of Ebola virus in two out of five samples collected from patients.

Meanwhile, no less than four new cases of Ebola virus disease have been reported in Bikoro territory, Equateur province in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to a hospital source on site.

“WHO is working closely with the government of the DRC to rapidly scale up its operations and mobilize health partners, using the model of a successful response to a similar outbreak in 2017,” said in a statement.

It had released $1 million (840,000 Euros) from an emergency contingency fund, set up a coordination group and deployed more than 50 experts to work with the DRC government and health agencies.

“The action plan prepared by the health ministry has been approved,” an official statement released after a cabinet meeting said.

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May 10th, 2018

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