Congo says another dies from suspected Ebola infection

13 May, 2018, 02:42 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Liberia Turns Towards Normalcy As Fight Continues To Eradicate Ebola

Ebola returns to Africa after 2014 outbreak claimed more than 11,000 lives, but in the US funding cuts for Ebola response were announced this week. The two cases that were confirmed by a laboratory to be Ebola, were shown to be the Zaire strain of the virus. In a vaccination trial during the West African Ebola virus epidemic, only 49 percent of individuals who had been in contact with Ebola virus patients could be vaccinated.

Donald Trump on Tuesday announced cuts of $252 million in Ebola response funds, which he called part of a move to end "irresponsible spending".

The immediate risk was the outbreak spreading to the provincial capital Mbandaka, with about one million inhabitants.

The outbreak declaration was made after laboratory results confirmed two cases of Ebola out of a sample of five suspected patients, World Health Organization said. Of these total cases, two tested positive for Ebola virus disease, according to the WHO.

Ebola viruses probably spread in bats most of the time, but they do occasionally "jump" to other species such as deer, monkeys or humans.


The cases are in a remote area of the country with "absolutely dire" infrastructure. Bikoro has a population of about 163,000 spread over an area of approximately 1,075 square kilometers (415 square miles).

The response plan to the outbreak includes surveillance, case investigation, and contact tracing; community engagement and social mobilization; case management and infection prevention and control; safe and dignified burials; research response including the use of ring vaccination and antivirals; and coordination and operations support. The full extent of the outbreak is not known, according to the World Health Organization, and the location poses significant logistical challenges. "We have three health care workers infected and one who has been reported as of yesterday as having died".

Nigerian health authorities have raised the alert level for Ebola after reported deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo were linked to the Ebola viral hemorrhagic fever. The most recent epidemic took place in May 2017 in the health zone of Likati, province of Bas-Uele. Efforts to contain the latest outbreak have been hampered because the affected region of the country is very remote.

Responding to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ebola outbreak is going to be hard and costly, and though the effort is off to a good start, help from the worldwide community is urgently needed, the head of emergency response for the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

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