New Ebola outbreak in the DRC

Bikoro Hospital is at the centre of the latest Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo's northwest where so far 18 people have diedMore

As of Friday, 34 Ebola cases have been reported in the area in the past five weeks, including two confirmed, 18 probable (deceased) and 14 suspected cases.

The UN agency is working with the country's Ministry of Health and worldwide nongovernmental organization Médecins Sans Frontières to conduct ring vaccinations across the affected region, where contacts of those infected, followed by contacts of those contacts, would all be vaccinated. WHO is working with the Ministry of Health to gather and test samples, conduct contact tracing and improve data collection and management. There have since been sporadic outbreaks that have been contained including eight in Congo since 1976.

The Nigerian government on Wednesday said it was acting to prevent the spread of Ebola from Democratic Republic of Congo where an outbreak of the disease has killed 17 people.

Concise News gathered that the outbreak was first confirmed by the organisation on May 8 with the two cases occurring at Bikoro health zone, Equateur province.

It said 393 people who identified as contacts of Ebola patients were being followed up.

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The WHO said it has obtained 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine and is preparing for deployment in the DRC, its Africa director said on Sunday. "We need to be prepared for all scenarios", he added.

Ebola is one of the world's most notorious diseases, being both highly infectious and extremely lethal.

Why does the Ebola virus keep returning to the DRC?

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission, either through direct contact with bodily fluids such as blood or secretions or contact with materials that are contaminated with these liquids.

The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50 percent. Mobile laboratories have been sent to Mbandaka and Bikoro.

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