Congo confirms one dead from Ebola, 11 others infected

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NAIJ.com previously reported that Ebola deadly virus, that raged in some West African countries several years ago, has staged a return in northwest part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), killing 17 people.

Tthe deadly Ebola virus made a comeback to the continent after the Democratic Republic of Congo declared its presence on Tuesday. 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.

Ebola is believed to be spread over long distances by bats, which can host the virus without dying, as they infect other animals with which they share trees, such as monkeys.

Three other nurses also were being treated for a hemorrhagic fever, he said.

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Kariuki added that the government has established a National Health Emergencies Council which will be tasked with swiftly responding and expeditiously implementing measures to prevent the importation of Ebola into the country.

"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.

More experts in a multidisciplinary team from WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières and Provincial Division of Health are expected to reach the area for further analysis and prevention of spread.

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World Health Organization has allocated $1m from its Emergency Contingency Fund to support response activities over the next three months.

Ikoko Impenge and Bikoro, however, lie not far from the banks of the Congo River, an essential waterway for transport and commerce.

It is contracted by contact with bodily fluids - touching a sick or dead person is a well-known source of infection.

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

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In the absence of a realistic prophylactic mass vaccination programme, the researchers conclude that clinical vaccine candidates will need to be focused on health care workers who are often involved in disease transmission, potentially in combination with the vaccination of patient contacts.

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