The Health News Congo May 10 2018

The risk of Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak spreading is “very low” because of the remoteness of the area as medical teams arrived on the scene. This is the 9th Ebola outbreak in the country since 1976. The disease has been confirmed in at least 2 people in the northwestern town of Bikoro.

A Congolese disease expert said Wednesday that the risk of Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak spreading is “very low” because of the remoteness of the area as medical teams arrived on the scene. This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in the country since nineteen seventy six, when the deadly disease was first identified. The disease has been confirmed in at least two people in the northwestern town of Bikoro.

According to Congo’s health ministry and the World Health Organization, those cases were discovered after officials last week were alerted to at least seventeen deaths linked to a hemorrhagic fever in a nearby area in Equateur Province. There are various hemorrhagic fevers including Ebola. None of the Ebola outbreaks in Congo was connected to the massive outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa that began in two thousand fourteen and left more than eleven thousand three hundred dead.

The WHO has allocated one million dollars from its Emergency Contingency Fund to support response activities over the next three months. Also the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also set aside two hundred fifty thousand dollars for response to the outbreak while mobilizing a team with experience in previous Ebola outbreaks.

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