19 dead, 39 infected so far in Congo Ebola outbreak

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki /FILE

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki /FILE

According to him, as of May 11, "our case count is two confirmed cases, 12 suspected cases and 18 probable cases".

"This will be tough and it will be costly". Five samples were collected from five patients and two have been confirmed by the laboratory. On July 2, 2017 the World Health Organization declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola in DRC, in which a total of four people died.

People can contract the virus through direct contact with victims' bodies at funerals.

A cordon ribbon is seen around the isolation ward at Bikoro hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa involved major urban areas as well as rural ones.

"However, any country facing such a threat may require global assistance".

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He had been the junior minister for I&B early in his tenure, before being given independent charge of youth affairs and sports. Jaitley underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) today.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, has arrived Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), to assess the needs of Ebola response first-hand. Jasarevic stated that most cases of the disease were from Bikoro Health Zone and a smaller number from the neighboring Iboko Health Zone in Equateur province. This is an area where people connect, trade and travel - an environment ripe for spreading disease, the BBC reported.

The first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests.

Unfortunately, there's now no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, although researchers are working on potential new vaccines an drug therapies that are being developed and tested. Its early flu-like symptoms are not always easy to detect.

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

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