DRC: 17 feared dead as Ebola outbreak is confirmed

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   OUTBREAK Two new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Congo

DS OUTBREAK Two new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is on alert after at least 17 people died in the northwestern region over Ebola. This location also housed the International Medical Commission's (IMC) radio station.

Briefing journalists at the end of the council presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, Isaac Adewole, minister of health, said FEC ordered that steps to be taken to keep the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from coming to Nigeria. In the past 5 weeks, there have been 21 suspected viral hemorrhagic fever cases reported, including 17 deaths. He added, "Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease".

WHO said $1 million has been released from an emergency contingency fund, and more than 50 experts have been deployed to work with Congo's health workers. In fact, according to World Health Organization, it is the ninth outbreak since 1976, when the virus was first discovered in the country.

The spread of the disease has been described as a "public health emergency with global impact", and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it is working closely to stem the spread. The virus infected a number of Christian aid workers in Africa and spread to other parts of the world, including the United States.

Minister of Health, Isaac Adewale, told journalists on Wednesday after the FEC meeting that, this measure is to keep Nigerians safe from Ebola outbreak which is now in Congo.

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The Ikoko Impenge health facility, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Bikoro, has limited capabilities, relying on worldwide organizations, WHO said.

The WHO says it is unclear whether the virus may be transmitted through sexual intercourse, but urges safe-sex practices among all Ebola survivors and their sexual partners. This led to the deaths of many including Dr. Stella Adedavoh, a physician credited to have curbed a wider spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria.

The Kenyan Government through the Ministry of Health has announced strict new measures that will affect thousands of Kenyans following the Ebola Outbreak in DR Congo. Soon after this, the country's health ministry is reported to have reached out to the WHO which immediately set up a dedicated support team of staff to coordinate responses.

The most recent Ebola outbreak took place in May 2017 which killed four out of eight people infected with the virus in the Bas-Uele province of Congo in the northeast.

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