First Death in New Ebola Outbreak Confirmed in Congo

First Death in New Ebola Outbreak Confirmed in Congo

First Death in New Ebola Outbreak Confirmed in Congo

The Kenyan Government has upped screening tests at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and other points of entry as a precautionary measure following an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a joint statement from the ministries of Health and Tourism said on Friday. "It is basically 15 hours by motorbike from the closest town". The village of Ikoko-Impenge is located 45 km from the central office of the Bikoro area and is not accessible by road, and falls outside the telephone network.

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

"If we see a town of that size infected with Ebola, then we are going to have a major urban outbreak", Mr Salama warned. The risk for worldwide spread‚ including SA is low.

Salama said that World Health Organization was preparing for the green light and hoped to have a mobile laboratory operational over the weekend, and that both World Health Organization and the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres already had a team on the ground. Will the world be better prepared this time? However, in view of the available data, the overall risk is considered high at the national level due to the nature of the disease and the lack of epidemiological and demographic information to estimate the magnitude of the epidemic.

Seven people with a hemorrhagic fever, including two confirmed cases of Ebola, were hospitalised in Bikoro as of Thursday, according to Health Minister Oly Ilunga.

The virus spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected person or even a primate or fruit bat. Salama pointed out that its use also comes with many challenges, as the vaccine needs to be stored long-term at temperatures between minus 60 to minus 80 degrees Celsius (minus 76 to minus 112 Fahrenheit).

"This is not a simple logistical effort".

The White House said the funds were dormant and unnecessary given that the outbreak, which was far more severe and widespread than the current one, has been contained for years. The WHO is planning to approve the deployment of that experimental vaccine soon, but it's not yet clear how effective it will be. "The vaccine is an added tool".

In a press conference given in Geneva on Friday, Peter Salama, head of the WHO's emergency response, told reporters the global health organization is taking the newest outbreak of this Ebola virus very seriously.

The UN health agency faced harsh criticism for responding too slowly and failing to grasp the gravity of that outbreak until it was out of control.

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