And it resurfaces! DR Congo confirms two cases of Ebola in Fresh Outbreak


No fewer than 17 persons have been confirmed died in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after health personnel asserted there had been a fresh outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD).
In the past five weeks, there have been 21 suspected viral haemorrhagic fever in and around the iIkoko Iponge, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a press release.
The government of the DRC has since declared a new outbreak of the Ebola virus disease, the country’s ninth Ebola outbreak since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976. The outbreak declaration occurred after laboratory results confirmed two cases of Ebola.
WHO says it is working closely with the government of the DRC to combat the outbreak using the model of a successful response used last year.
“Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and partners to reduce the loss of life and suffering related to this new Ebola virus disease outbreak,” said Dr Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response.
“Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease.”
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa said, “We know that addressing this outbreak will require a comprehensive and coordinated response. WHO will work closely with health authorities and partners to support the national response. We will gather more samples, conduct contact tracing, engage the communities with messages on prevention and control, and put in place methods for improving data collection and sharing”.
The latest outbreak comes less than a year after the DRC’s last recorded Ebola outbreak in May last year.


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