Saturday, 18 August, 2018

WHO Confirms New Ebola Case in Democratic Republic of Congo

Ben Pena | 14 May, 2017, 09:03

The Minister urged Nigerians not to panic as the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) was equipped to secure the health of citizens. It has sickened more than 5,300 people and killed more than 2,600. There were three deaths, including the patient who tested positive.

Ebola is no longer an "extraordinary" health event, the World Health Organisation has said.

The Bas-Uele Province, with a population of 900,000 in 2007, is mostly inhabited by people of the Boa tribe, who live mainly through subsistence farming and hunting and conduct some of their trade by way of the Uele river.

The last instance of Ebola in Congo in 2014, which was not linked to an outbreak in neighboring states at the time, was quickly contained and killed 49 people according to official figures.

World Health Organization was quick to respond to the outbreak as they are now working hand in hand with the local authorities to prevent the further spread of the disease. The disease that is highly contagious has been declared in DR Congo. That outbreak was not connected to the massive epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that left thousands dead.

The epicenter of the crisis - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - have all been Ebola-free since at least June of a year ago. To date there have been nine suspected cases.

Previously known as the Ebola haemorrhagic fever, Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a deadly and rare disease that is caused by one of five different strains of the Ebola virus: Zaire ebolavirus, Sudan ebolavirus, Tai Forest ebolavirus, Bundibugyo ebolavirus, and Reston virus.

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Comey regardless of whether the Justice Department recommended it, calling the ousted director "a showboat" and "a grandstander". On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer had said Trump acted based on the recommendation of Sessions and Rosenstein.

"We were able to estimate the efficacy of the vaccine as being 100 percent in a trial", Ira Longini, a biostatistician at the University of Florida, told NPR's Michaeleen Doucleff last December.

WHO said it was working with its partners to support Congo's ministry of health in tackling the situation.

The vaccine is now awaiting formal licensing clearance. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.

Ebola occasionally jumps to humans from animals including bats and monkeys. It spreads by direct contact with blood, body fluids or tissues of the infected.

The team is expected to reach the affected area "in the coming days", Salama said in a statement Friday.

The affected zone is in a forested area of Lower Uele province, and it is close to the border with the Central African Republic, the World Health Organization said.

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