Congo says confirmed Ebola cases rise to 35, with 10 deaths

May 27, 2018, 02:12
Congo says confirmed Ebola cases rise to 35, with 10 deaths

A resident speaks to a medical worker through a cordon ribbon, near the isolation facility prepared to receive suspected Ebola cases, at the Mbandaka General Hospital, in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 20, 2018.

"I'm a great fan of vaccines".

"The victim will be far from others so that he can not contaminate them".

"Sanitary conditions were very poor and health screenings non-existent at these ports", she said.

WHO said the mission led by Riek Gai Kok, the minister of health, updated the governor of the state of Yambio, cabinets, members of the parliament, United Nations agencies and NGOs including members of the public on how the EVD is transmitted and the preventive measures that can be taken such as sensitizing the community through mobile messaging and ongoing TV, radio and print mass traditional and non-traditional communication campaigns.

The WHO chief also underlined that the coordination among worldwide health partners was essential, too, before highlighting that even he had problems in accessing rural Bikoro to see the problem first-hand, during his visit to the area shortly after the beginning of the outbreak.

"All it takes is one sick person to travel down the Congo River and we can have outbreaks seeded in many different locations. that can happen at any moment, it's very hard to predict", he said, referring to the river linking the trading hub of Mbandaka to the capital Kinshasa, whose population is 10 million.

World Health Organization is accelerating efforts with nine countries neighboring Congo to try to prevent the Ebola outbreak from spreading beyond the border.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo remains on an "epidemiological knife-edge" regarding the spread of the deadly Ebola disease, in spite of the quick response by authorities and worldwide partners to the threat, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.

Fatal Ebola outbreaks among humans have been confirmed in the following countries over the last few decades: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, South Sudan, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Pharmaceutical giant Merck has provided more than 8,000 doses of its experimental Ebola vaccine and will make an additional 8,000 doses available to World Health Organization in the coming days.

The Democratic Republic of Congo announced on May 8 that there had been cases of the notorious haemorrhagic fever in a remote northwestern district called Bikoro.

Bush meat is on display at a market in Mbandaka in the
Democratic Republic of Congo
Bush meat is on display at a market in Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The DRC's health minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga, MD, PhD, today tweeted pictures of himself receiving the experimental Ebola vaccine, given that he's a frontline health worker.

He told AFP that some 10,000 people should be vaccinated within the next month.

Health ministry sources said that police officers were deployed to help track down the patients.

A witness at the church, who declined to be named, said the woman came to testify that God had cured her of her illness.

In the real world, no vaccine is 100 percent effective.

The UK is also helping to fund the rapid response through its major contributions to the UN's Central Fund for Emergencies, and the WHO's Contingency Fund for Emergencies, both of which have released $2 million to fund surveillance, diagnosis and treatment operations.

"And we also need more than one manufacturer".

Another risk: No one knows how long protection with this vaccine lasts.

The WHO official confirmed that a selective, or "ring vaccination" programme had just begun and that efforts were ongoing to ensure that the Ebola drug could be stored in "ultracold" conditions at between -60 and -80°C.

But Cabrol warned that all of the talk about the vaccine had led some to believe there would be a mass vaccination campaign. There is no attempt - and no need - at this point to try to vaccinate everyone. People can get it through sexual contact, as well. And people don't understand that.

He described the task ahead as "the detective work of epidemiology", adding that medical personnel at a hospital in Wangata, Mbandaka, were tracing some 600 contacts from three separate chains of transmission.