Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Ebola spreads to 3rd DRC province - South Kivu

Ebola spreads to 3rd DRC province - South Kivu

Until now, cases have mostly been centered in the province of North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri.

The eastern DR Congo province of South Kivu has recorded its first confirmed cases of Ebola in the country's year-old epidemic, one of which was a fatality, the provincial government said Friday.

The cases open up a new front in the fight against an outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo that has killed at least 1,800 people over the past year, the second biggest toll ever. All responses will be confidential.

The World Health Organisation that gave the update said the cases happened at South Kivu, in Lwindi district in the Mwenga region, an area close to the eastern border of Rwanda.

The current outbreak, which started on august 1 past year, is the second largest in history. Having travelled in July, she had been marked as a high-risk contact of the case. The mother died on Thursday and her child was being treated by a response team, according to a statement by Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the director of the DRC's National Institute for Biomedical Research. They returned to South Kivu province where they fell sick with Ebola.

"These are the first cases in this province".

The patients, who included a mother and her six children, had been in contact with a relative who escaped from a treatment centre.

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At the same time, the MMCD reports the state health department reported its first human case of the virus this year as well. Use EPA-registered repellent such as those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus/p-menthane-diol.

Ebola virus disease can cause fever, headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea and unexplained bleeding, among other symptoms.

Last month, the WHO declared the outbreak a public health emergency of worldwide concern just days after the virus spread to a major urban hub for the first time.

The disease is spread by contact with infected bodily fluids.

Last month, the WHO declared the Ebola outbreak in the DRC a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)".

Should there be a major increase in the number of cases, or a spread to new locations or even an unrelated Ebola outbreak elsewhere, there may not be enough vaccine left to stop it spreading further.

The two drugs, named REGN-EB3 and mAb114, work by attacking the Ebola virus with antibodies, neutralising its impact on human cells.

The rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine has already been administered to some 170,000 people, especially frontline workers, in DR Congo.

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