First death confirmed from new outbreak of Ebola

May 11, 2018, 04:26
First death confirmed from new outbreak of Ebola

In the past five weeks, there have been 27 suspected viral Ebola virus cases in the area, including 17 deaths. Three of the 32 cases were among healthcare workers.

Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and hemorrhaging can begin two to 21 days after exposure.

The death happened overnight at a hospital in nearby Ikoko Impenge hospital that also reported four new suspected cases of Ebola, Ilunga said. 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 deadly Ebola disease also spread to Nigeria when Patrick Sawyer, who was infected with the virus, flew into the country from Liberia. The most recent epidemic took place in May 2017 in the health zone of Likati, province of Bas-Uele.

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 death toll in 2017 was restricted to four after the World Health Organization successfully set up a ground coordination support and an incident management system within 24 hours of the government declaring the outbreak.

WHO released $1 million (£738,200) from an emergency contingency fund, has set up a coordination group and deployed more than 50 experts to work with the DRC government and health agencies.

Seven people with the haemorrhagic fever were in hospital in Bikoro on Thursday, said health minister Oly Ilunga. Medical supplies are provided by global bodies, but stock outs are frequent.

"As ministry of health we have already contacted the border district health teams". The medical department in the country is primarily dependent on the support from the WHO and other health partners for its emergency response.

To date, the outbreak is reported in a remote area and appears to be geographically limited. At least 17 of those people have died due to the disease.

Some African carriers including: Cronos Airlines, Air Cote D' Ivoire, Asky Airlines, African World Airlines, Rwanda Air, Kenyan Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways operate flights into their operational hubs that link Democratic Republic of Congo.

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