DR Congo hit by EBOLA OUTBREAK as authorities call for calm
05 August, 2018, 09:42 | Author: Denise Dawson
Officials have not confirmed the particular strain of Ebola causing the outbreak, which may have killed 20 people, but WHO's emergency response chief Peter Salama said it could be the Zaire, Sudan or Bundibugyo strain.
Authorities did not immediately say how many cases had been detected.
Twenty people have already died from haemorrhagic fevers in and around Mangina, a densely populated town about 30 kilometres southwest of the city of Beni and 100 kilometres from the Ugandan border, the ministry said in its statement on Wednesday, without saying when the deaths occurred.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has reported an outbreak of Ebola in its conflict-torn east, killing 20 people, barely a week after it declared the end to an epidemic in the northwest of the vast country.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said it had started to move staff and supplies to the area affected by the resurgence of the disease, in North Kivu province in the east.
Twelve health ministry experts will arrive in Beni on Thursday, Ilunga added. Those 54 Ebola cases included 33 deaths.
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According to an African media report on Monday, the outbreak began in early July, and symptoms included fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and nose bleeds. Six samples from these patients were tested, and four tested positive for Ebola, the ministry said. Travel into and out of the village has been blocked.
Ebola, first identified in 1976 in Congo, jumps to humans from animals including bats and monkeys. "This is an active conflict zone". It spreads through contact with bodily fluids of those infected, including the dead.
Meanwhile, Uganda has set up screening at the land border it shares with Congo and at its Entebbe worldwide airport.
An outbreak concentrated in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea killed at least 11,300 people between 2013 and 2016.
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