Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Congo warns of "new phase" in Ebola outbreak after first urban case

Ebola outbreak spreads to urban area as deaths mount First confirmed urban Ebola case is a 'game changer' in Congo outbreak
Ben Pena | 17 May, 2018, 13:57

Congo's Ebola outbreak has spread to a city, the capital of the northwestern Equateur province, a worrying shift as the risk of infection is more easily passed on in densely populated urban areas.

Mr Ilunga said Congo now is entering an urban phase of the outbreak, meaning that the disease could spread more rapidly and further afield.

The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control.

He said authorities would intensify population tracing at all air, river and road routes out of the city.

This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in Congo since 1976.

Before Wednesday's announcement, there had been only two cases of the virus confirmed by lab tests.

The announcement came just as thousands of doses of the experimental Ebola vaccine arrived in the country, with vaccinations expected to commence this coming weekend.

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The experimental vaccine was shown to be highly effective in Guinea in 2015 during the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

He said the lists of those exposed to suspected Ebola cases would receive, for the first time in Congo, a new component of response to an Ebola outbreak: vaccinations.

He said one sample proved positive for the Ebola virus, meaning there have now been three confirmed cases in three different health zones.

Supplies sent to Congo included more than 300 body bags for safe burials in affected communities.

Out of the 20 persons died in DRC, 3 are health workers, Director of the Center John Nkengasong said.

The vaccine requires storage at a temperature between -60 and -80 degrees C, tricky in a country with unreliable electricity.

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