Two Ebola cases confirmed in DRC

Two Ebola cases confirmed in DRC

The declaration was made after two cases of the diseases were confirmed in the Bikoro province in the northwestern part of the country ten months after the end of an earlier outbreak.

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Ebola is endemic to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and that is its ninth outbreak of Ebola virus illness because the discovery of the virus within the nation in 1976.

According to the health ministry of Congo, five samples were sent to the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in Kinshasa. While technically the money was aimed at the Ebola outbreak, officials have been directing the remaining funds toward other public health outbreaks, such as the Zika virus.

Previously 5 weeks, there have been 21 suspected instances of viral hemorrhagic fever, together with 17 deaths.

Ebola is considered endemic in the DRC, and this is the second outbreak there in less than a year.

The virus is also spread person-to-person in the blood, body fluids or organs of someone with the infection.

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This latest outbreak comes just two years since the worst Ebola outbreak on the planet which left 11,300 people dead.

WHO's deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response Peter Salama said: "Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the government".

"WHO is working closely with the government of the DRC to rapidly scale up its operations and mobilize health partners, using the model of a successful response to a similar outbreak in 2017", it said in a statement.

A team of WHO experts - alongside regional health officials and staff from worldwide medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) - are travelling to Bikoro as part of a coordinated medical response. The last one in 2017 was quickly controlled due to the rapid and coordinated responses from the global medical community and the World Health Organization (WHO).

All the cases were reported from a clinic at Ilkoko Iponge, located about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from Bikoro, where treatment capacities are limited, the World Health Organization said.

Other outbreaks in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea started in 2014 and killed over eleven thousand deaths in their wake.

The virus is transmitted to human through contact with wild animals and can then be passed from person to person.

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