DR Congo announces 1st death amid Ebola outbreak in northwest

Mass vaccination not enough to prevent Ebola outbreak

Mass vaccination not enough to prevent Ebola outbreak

The World Health Organisation is planning for the "worst-case scenario" after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) conformed the first death in a new Ebola outbreak on Thursday.

NAIJ.com notes that he said that World Health Organization had alerted the nine neighbouring countries but now regarded the risk of regional spread as "moderate".

Five samples from hospitalized patients were sent to the National Institute of Biomedical Research in Congo's capital, Kinshasa, on May 7, of which two tested positive for the Zaire strain of Ebola virus, according to the WHO.

The outbreak was declared on Tuesday (May 8), after lab tests revealed two confirmed cases of the virus.

Most of the country's outbreaks burn out quickly because they occur in relatively remote areas-but each has had a high fatality rate.

That would bring the total number of people reporting symptoms to 25, of whom at least 17 have so far died. It can be spread through direct contact with another person's blood or body fluids which includes urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen, objects that have come in contact with body fluids from an infected person, infected fruit bats and primates, and possibly contact with semen from a man who recovered from Ebola. 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.

Information is now limited and investigations are ongoing to assess the full extent of the outbreak.

Whitworth said the situation was worrying, but Congo may be better prepared to detect and manage Ebola than other countries since it has had more experience.

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Ebola is a disease that is endemic to the DRC and it was first discovered in the country in 1976. Reminiscing the last outbreak begs the question: Is screening enough?

Eleven people are now confirmed to be infected with the highly infectious virus in the DRC, including three medical staff.

None of the Ebola outbreaks in DRC have been connected to the massive outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa that began in 2014 and left more than 11 300 dead.

Nine neighbouring countries have now been warned of the potential spread of Ebola.

"There will be screening at the airport and borders.

It is basically 15 hours by motorbike from the closest town", WHO's head of emergency response Peter Salama said. "It is just not about the alert, but we trying to educate the public so much to the extent that we can ensure good practices".

He told a United Nations briefing in Geneva that he hoped the Democratic Republic of Congo would deploy an "experimental vaccine".

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