Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Democratic Republic of Congo declares new Ebola outbreak

Democratic Republic of Congo declares new Ebola outbreak

The deadly virus was first discovered in the DRC in the 1970s.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo has announced a fresh outbreak of the deadliest Ebola almost 10 months after the previous outbreak.

World Health Organization released US$ 1 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to support response activities for the next three months with the goal of stopping the spread of Ebola to surrounding provinces and countries.

Among humans, the commonest form of infection is through close contact with the blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of someone who is sick with Ebola or has recently died - a risk in African cultures where relatives typically touch the body of the deceased at funerals. In the announcement, Muyembe said that there are at least ten cases suspected meaning that there could be cases announced later.

It is well practiced in fighting the deadly virus.

Prior to the 2017 outbreak, DRC faced a 2014 outbreak in which nearly 50 people died.

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Buhari said the four-day visit was at the behest of his doctor and that he will be due back in the country on Saturday, May 12. According to a statement released by his media aide, Garba Shehu, the president will be spending 4 days.

Ebola, which has no proven cure, killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa from 2013-16 as it swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

The deployment of "well-trained human resources" was made to "rapidly control" the outbreak, it said.

The difference in response between 2014 and now is "night and day", according to Loyce Pace, the president and executive director of the Global Health Leadership Council, a membership organization that lobbies for global health priorities. A report was released by Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine which said that the speed of the response and lack of reliability led to human suffering and chaos.

A team of WHO experts - alongside regional health officials and staff from worldwide medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) - are travelling to Bikoro as part of a coordinated medical response.

Scientists believe that bats are responsible for the spread of the virus over long distances.

Ebola - formally known as Ebola virus disease, or EVD - is a severe and often lethal viral disease. This would make it easier to pass on to other animals that live in trees. Infected people suffer from fever, diarrhoea and vomiting.

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