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At least 17 dead as Ebola outbreak confirm-
ed in Democratic Republic of Congo

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo (Xinhua) -- At least 17 people have been killed following signs of hemorrhagic fever in the Bikoro Health Zone in the Equateur Province in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the Minister of Health, Orly Ilunga.

The health ministry confirmed the outbreak of Ebola on Tuesday, with two cases being confirmed by the laboratory of the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB).

According to the ministry, it was on May 3, 2018 that the provincial health division of Equateur reported at the central level of the Ministry of Health 21 cases of fever with signs and 17 deaths in the Ikoko Impenge health area located in the province.

A team from the Ministry of Health, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), visited the site on Saturday, May 5. The team found 5 cases, 2 of whom were hospitalized at Bikoro General Hospital and 3 at the Ikoko Impenge Health Center.

According to the Ministry of Health, the five samples taken from suspected cases were sent for analysis to the INRB of Kinshasa on Sunday, May 6. Of the five samples analyzed, two were found to be positive for Ebola virus serotype Zaire by RT-PCR.

“Our country is facing a new epidemic of Ebola that is a public health emergency of international concern. The Democratic Republic of the Congo being at its ninth epidemic of this nature, we have well-trained human resources in this area who have always been able to quickly control the previous epidemics, “said Orly Ilunga, Minister of Health in a statement issued in emergency on Tuesday in Kinshasa.

The government also decided to deploy on Wednesday a team of experts from the central level from Kinshasa to Bikoro with a set of appropriate equipment to oversee the investigations and the organization of the response on field.

With this reappearance of the Ebola outbreak, the DRC is at its ninth Ebola outbreak since 1976. The last outbreak recorded by the country took place in May 2017 in the northern province of Bas-Uele which killed four people.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Democratic Republic of Congo confirms two cases of Ebola virus

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo (Xinhua) -- Two cases of the Ebola outbreak have been confirmed by the laboratory of the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB), in the territory of Bikoro, Equateur province in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a source from the Ministry of Health on Tuesday.

The two confirmed cases are part of the samples taken from the on-site patients a few days ago in the province of Equateur, said the source.

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.

With this reappearance of the epidemic in 2018, the DRC will therefore be at its ninth Ebola outbreak since 1976.

The last epidemic took place in May 2017 in the health zone of Likati in the northern province of Bas-Uele. The Likati epidemic killed four people, official data showed. 

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Democratic Republic of Congo confirms two cases of Ebola virus

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo (Xinhua) -- Two cases of the Ebola virus disease have been confirmed by a lab report in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to a source from the Ministry of Health on Tuesday.

The two cases were confirmed by the laboratory of the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) in Equateur Province, northwestern DRC, said the source. 

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Uganda on alert over DR Congo Ebola outbreak

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda is on alert following an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has left at least 17 people dead.

Sarah Opendi, minister of state for health, told Xinhua by telephone on Wednesday that health workers in the western border districts have been put on high alert to monitor and screen all people coming from DRC after the outbreak was reported in the northwest Equateur Province.

“It’s confirmed we have an outbreak of Ebola in DRC. This is quite unfortunate. As ministry of health we have already contacted the border district health teams. They have their task forces to be on alert to ensure there is adequate surveillance,” said Opendi.

“We are going to establish screening centers in the borders to ensure that we screen all the people who are coming from DRC,” she said.

The minister said the ministry of health is also going to open an Ebola screening facility at Entebbe International Airport, about 40 km south of the capital Kampala.

“Even at the airport we are going to ensure there is a screening facility at the airport so that all people coming into the country especially DRC and neighboring countries are screened,” said Opendi.

She urged the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious cases to health workers for immediate attention.

Health authorities in Kinshasa on Tuesday confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in the Bikoro Health Zone, northwest DRC’s Equateur Province, with two cases being confirmed by the laboratory of the National Institute of Biomedical Research.

According to DRC authorities, it was on May 3, that the provincial health division of Equateur reported at the central level of the Ministry of Health 21 cases of fever with signs and 17 deaths in the Ikoko Impenge health area located in the province.

With this reappearance of the Ebola outbreak, the DRC is at its ninth Ebola outbreak since 1976. The last outbreak recorded by the country took place in May 2017 in the northern province of Bas-Uele which killed four people.

The Ebola virus is highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding.

Mortality rates of Ebola fever, according to the World Health Organization, are extremely high, with the human case-fatality rate ranging from 50 percent to 89 percent, depending on viral sub-type.

             

 

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