Four new suspected Ebola cases surface in Congo

11 May, 2018, 04:24 | Author: Lynne Higgins
  • How the Ebola virus attacks

"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.

Zambia on Thursday announced heightened surveillance measures following fresh outbreak of Ebola in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

It has also confirmed that there are 11 other people that are now infected with Ebola.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said the Federal Government has stepped up efforts at major global airports in the county to combat the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Dr Serge Ngalebato, Bikoro Hospital director, tells The Associated Press that two nurses who were in contact with patients are among the five suspected cases.

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.

Eight people died, including Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevo, who first attended to Mr Sawyer and helped to ensure a more devastating outbreak was avoided in Nigeria.

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The World Health Organisation said that at least 17 people from a village in the country have died after they began showing symptoms resembling Ebola in December.

He added that there has been no link established between those deaths and the epidemic that's now plaguing the country.

The health ministry said on Thursday it had dispatched a team of 12 experts to the area to try to trace new contacts of the disease, identify the epicentre and all affected villages and provide resources.

But Ikoko Impenge and Bikoro lie not far from the banks of the Congo River, an essential waterway for transport and commerce, downstream of which lie both Kinshasa and Brazzaville, capital of neighbouring Congo Republic.

Uganda and Nigeria has also put health workers at borders on high alert to monitor and screen all people coming from DRC.

Nigeria has already stepped up screening processes at this entry points including major worldwide airports in the country to ensure no outbreak is recorded. The government has reactivated Emergency Operation CEnters that were in use during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

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