More Ebola cases detected in DR Congo

Glen Mclaughlin
May 11, 2018

Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed his concern over the news of an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, and cautioned Nigerian authorities to take precautions to prevent its spread in the country.

The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans from wild animals (monkeys, bats) and spreads in populations by human-to-human transmission: through direct contact with blood, secretions, organs or body fluids of infected persons or with surfaces or materials contaminated by this type of liquid, the World Health Organization explains.

"Since notification of the cases on May 3, no deaths have been reported either among the hospitalised cases or the healthcare personnel", the statement said.

At least 17 people have died around the village near the northwestern town of Bikoro where the virus was detected this week, health officials said.

The Likati epidemic killed four people.

"But, what is also particularly important was that on Monday, blood samples from five patients in a particular district in DRC, in two of the five cases, Ebola was actually confirmed".

"After contact, the nurses began showing signs".

A total of 25 are now suspected to have been infected since the start of the year, of whom at least 17 have died.

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Nigeria managed to escape the last Ebola outbreak with just 20 cases and eight deaths.

Adewole said over the last one month, DRC recorded 19 suspected cases of viral hemorrhagic fever and lost 16 persons in the cases.

"This advance team brought the first batches of equipment, mostly containing rapid diagnostic tests for the Ebola virus and laser thermometers", the Health Ministry statement said.

The killer virus Ebola is a fast-spreading disease that kills its sufferers in a matter of days.

He said, "We reported on the situation with Lassa fever and declared that we are declaring the emergency phase of Lassa fever outbreak over".

But Ikoko Impenge and Bikoro are situated not far from the banks of the Congo River, a major artery for trade and transport upstream from the capital Kinshasa.

Some symptoms include red eyes, external and internal bleeding, rash, headache, joint pains, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, and more.

Between them, the two cities have a population of more than 12 million.

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