Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Four new suspected Ebola cases surface in Congo

Four new suspected Ebola cases surface in Congo

An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the north-west of the Democratic Republic Congo.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said during a press briefing the government had increased the level of alertness, that surveillance in all border entry areas have been increased.

YEN.com.gh has revealed how the outbreak of Ebola in Congo has not just caused the death of 17 persons but also sent all countries sharing boundaries with.

The first death from a new outbreak of Ebola in the north west of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been confirmed along with 11 other cases of people sick with the virus.

"This situation worries us and requires a very immediate and energetic response", he said at a news conference.

The World Health Organisation said that at least 17 people from a village in the country have died after they began showing symptoms resembling Ebola in December.

Seven people died of Ebola out of 19 confirmed cases in Nigeria in 2014.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said the Federal Government has stepped up efforts at major global airports in the county to combat the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

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Most of the cases so far have been recorded around the village of Ikoko Impenge, near the northwestern town of Bikoro. Of these total cases, two tested positive for Ebola virus disease, according to the WHO.

Bikoro health zone has a population of around 163 000 people with three hospitals and 19 health centres covering the population, most with limited functionality.

"After contact, the nurses began showing signs", Ngaleto said. "We have isolated them".

Bikoro Hospital director Dr. Serge Ngalebato told The Associated Press earlier Thursday that nurses at the hospital were among the five suspected Ebola cases there.

Congo's long experience of Ebola and its remote geography mean outbreaks are often localised and relatively easy to isolate.

The overall risk at the regional level is considered moderate because of the proximity to the Congo river, which links with both the capitals of the Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

Nigeria's health ministry on Wednesday ordered emergency measures to be put in place to screen visitors from the DR Congo and neighbouring countries.

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