Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Congo's Ebola outbreak in 'new phase' after urban case

Congo's Ebola outbreak in 'new phase' after urban case

African Union (AU) sent today a health team to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to monitor the situation and the country " s required level of support to stop Ebola outbreak.

The WHO said the risk of the disease spreading was "high" and announced it was preparing for the "worst case scenario".

The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa, the BBC reports. The Congo Republic is on the other side of the river.

Spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga says the vaccines will be sent to Mbandaka and Bikoro, the rural areas where two confirmed cases and several suspected cases have been reported. He said epidemiologists are working to identify additional contacts to the 500 already identified.

It is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the DRC.

Ebola is most feared for the internal and external bleeding it can cause in victims owing to damage done to blood vessels.

The minister has confirmed that three case of Ebola have been detected so far in the urban area.

The first batch of over 4,000 Ebola vaccines was sent by the World Health Organization to Kinshasa on Wednesday.

More than 11,300 people were confirmed dead between March 2014 and January 2016 in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the United States, and Mali. He said another 4,000-vaccine batch was expected soon.

Until now, all the confirmed Ebola cases were reported from Bikoro health zone, which is also in Equateur Province but at a distance of almost 150 km from Mbandaka. After analysis, one of the two samples was positive, "said Congolese Minister of Health Orly Ilunga in a statement released late Wednesday night".

"We are now tracing more than 4,000 contacts of patients and they have spread out all over the region of northwest Congo, so they have to be followed up and the only way to reach them is motorcycles".

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