Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

World Health Organization says Ebola outbreak has spread to DR Congo city

Ebola outbreak spreads to urban area as deaths mount First confirmed urban Ebola case is a 'game changer' in Congo outbreak
Marlene Weaver | 17 May, 2018, 15:01

The Democratic Republic of Congo's new ebola outbreak has entered a "new phase", the country's health minister has announced.

"One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of almost 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo", the UN's health agency said in a statement.

Reports have further stated that over 40 people have been infected, while 23 have died so far.

Authorities said they were tracing all air, river, and road routes in and out of the city to find the source of the virus.

She says health experts have identified 500 contacts who are now being traced.

Ebola outbreak spreads to urban area as deaths mount
DRC: Ebola outbreak enters 'new phase' after urban case confirmed

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to the northwest city of Mbandaka, the World Health Organization said, adding it will convene an Emergency Committee on Friday to consider its worldwide risks.

Ebola is a serious infectious illness that causes internal bleeding and often proves fatal.

The minister has confirmed that three case of Ebola have been detected so far in the urban area. Health workers would be among the first to receive vaccinations, according to Ilunga. Two brothers in Mbandaka who recently stayed in Bikoro for funerals are probable cases, with samples awaiting laboratory confirmation.

The first batch of 4,000 doses of vaccine was already being flown to Kinshasa, and the World Health Organization plans to send a second batch of 4,000 doses in coming days, World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said. The health body also sent 300 body bags for safe burials in affected communities.

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

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