Ebola cases in DR Congo Rise to 29

DRC Ebola Outbreak with West Africa as Case Study
WHO Confirms Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

19 May, 2017

The number of suspected Ebola cases in Congo has risen to 29, up from 21, World Health Organization spokesperson Christian Lindmeier told a regular United Nations briefing in Geneva on Friday.

Lindmeier says Congo authorities and its health partners are monitoring another 416 people who could have come into contact with the suspected cases.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has directed all regional health directors in the country to be on alert after the Democratic Republic of Congo reported an Ebola outbreak in the North-east.

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This brings the total EVD cases to 29 (two confirmed, two probable and 25 suspected) and three deaths. The incubation period ranges between 2 and 21 days, and the symptoms are the follows: fever; acute weakness; muscle, head and throat aches; followed by vomit, diarrhea, rashes, kidney and hepatic failure; as well as internal and external bleeding in some case.

"The first difficulty is that we are in areas where there are absolutely no road". The first case of which was of a 39-year old man, his carer, and the man who drove them on a motorcycle.

Health workers would also be given the vaccine. "[For] the first six months [we] will need about 10 million dollars, not just for World Health Organization but for all partners responding", he said.

The vaccine has not yet been licensed, and its use would require permission on several fronts.

Salama offered more details about a possible vaccine campaign, which would be modeled after the 2015 ring campaign used in Guinea. "I'm very optimistic it is going to get us to where we'd like to be: a controlled, short-lived outbreak of Ebola as they have seen in the past in this country".

Brienne Prusak, a spokeswoman for Doctors Without Borders said on Wednesday that the group had sent a team of about 20 doctors, nurses, and other experts to the Likati zone, and that it was still trying to figure out how to reach the epicenter.

"We've also learned never, ever to underestimate the Ebola virus disease".

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