AU disease control centre to help DRC fight new Ebola outbreak

AU disease control centre to help DRC fight new Ebola outbreak

In a statement, Mrs. Yakubu said: "Following a fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, FAAN has re-assured passengers and other airport users of safety across its network of airports".

The cases could be linked to a policeman in the Bikoro health zone who presented symptoms of hemorrhagic fever and died in December, Muyembe said.

He said in as much as Ghana has the means to contain it should an outbreak be reported, the world is continuously becoming a global village so no one can take a chance and say it is far away.

There have been at least 17 deaths in the area where the Ebola outbreak was confirmed.

A total of 250,000 USA dollars has been set aside for outbreak response activities, and more resources are being mobilized, the statement said.

The World Health Organisation and officials from other worldwide health groups are in the area to help contain the spread of the deadly virus.

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Only two cases have been confirmed as Ebola, by a laboratory in the capital Kinshasa.

Serge Ngaleto, the director of Bikoro's main hospital, told Reuters: 'After contact, the nurses began showing signs...we have isolated them'. There are various hemorrhagic fevers - including Ebola.

This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in Congo since 1976, when the deadly disease was first identified.

The minister clarified with The Associated Press that testing still must be done in nine cases, and equipment to conduct rapid testing on the patients has been dispatched. The disease shows early symptoms similar to other diseases like typhoid and malaria-fever, headache, muscle pain and chills-and this makes it hard to identify it in its initial phases.

Five samples were collected from hospitalized patients, three from Ikoko-Impenge and two from Bikoro. The virus spreads by direct contact with body fluids, such as blood, of an infected human or other animals. Without preventive measures, the virus can spread quickly between people and is fatal in up to 90 percent of cases. In a news release on Tuesday, the World Health Organization informed that the DRC government reported the outbreak after two confirmed laboratory tests in Bikoro in the Équateur Province. Two of those cases involved nurses who had helped treat other people showing symptoms of the Ebola virus.

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