World Health Organization convenes emergency meeting as Ebola spreads in DRC

Ebola outbreak risk ‘very high’ in Congo WHO

Ebola outbreak risk ‘very high’ in Congo WHO

Currently, WHO said it considers the public health risk to be high at the national level, moderate at the regional level and low at the global level.

The UN health agency is deploying around 30 experts to conduct surveillance in Mbandaka and is working with the DRC's Ministry of Health advising communities on prevention, treatment and reporting of new cases.

It is noted that now the situation became much more serious after all, before the distribution occurred exclusively in rural areas, however, recent distribution already identified in the big city, namely in Equateur province, Mbandaka.

Health workers are sprayed with chlorine after leaving an isolation ward with suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital - the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

These would be given as a priority to people in Mbandaka who had been in contact with those suspected of carrying the Ebola virus before people in any other affected area, Mr Salama said.

It also followed the announcement by Congo's health ministry of 11 newly confirmed cases in the smaller town of Bikoro, near the northwest village where the virus was first detected.

The government statement said the total number of Ebola cases is now 45, including 10 suspected cases, 21 probable cases and 14 confirmed cases.

It said the new death has epidemiologic ties to another case.

Motshegwa said following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola in the DRC, her ministry has put measures in place at points of entry.

She warned that the disease can be transmitted via human contact with the body fluids of an infected person and is fatal.

The WHO has deployed doses of the experimental vaccine along with emergency teams and equipment Congo.

The Commission operates a dedicated humanitarian air service called "ECHO Flight" in African countries, with hubs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and Mali.

Aid organization Doctors Without Borders said 514 people believed to have been in contact with infected people are being monitored.

Those exposed will for the first time in Congo receive Ebola vaccinations, the health minister said.

According to Seipone, symptoms of Ebola virus disease include a fever of acute onset (37.5oC) with unexplained bleeding tendencies from the nose (epistasis), gums, vagina, skin or eyes, bloody stools, vomiting and coughing blood, diarrhoea, deterioration of vision or decreased consciousness.

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