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Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Kenya on alert as DRC Ebola outbreak kills 17

Kenya on alert as DRC Ebola outbreak kills 17

They were trained on prevention and management of the haemorrhagic fever by the World Health Organisation and other partners.

Kariuki added that the government has established a National Health Emergencies Council which will be tasked with swiftly responding and expeditiously implementing measures to prevent the importation of Ebola into the country.

Nigeria was hailed as having contained the virus in 2014, with 8 deaths, following fears that it could spread through the commercial capital of some 20 million inhabitants and across Africa's most populous country of around 180 million people.

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. These belong to the Equateur Province.

The WHO is now working with the Congo's government and released $1 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to scale and mobilize an emergency response to contain the current outbreak.

The minister said passengers from Congo and other neighbouring nations would be screened so that Nigeria would not be caught unawares.

With this reappearance of the Ebola outbreak, the DRC is at its ninth Ebola outbreak since 1976.

"WHO is working closely with the government of the DRC to rapidly scale up its operations and mobilize health partners, using the model of a successful response to a similar... outbreak in 2017", it said in a statement.

It comes less than a year after an outbreak killed eight people in Congo's remote northeastern forests.

Most of the cases so far have been recorded around the village of Ikoko Impenge, near the northwestern town of Bikoro. Around 50 per cent of patients die, according to the WHO. Ebola is thought to be spread by fruit bats.

The outbreak comes after the World Bank stated past year that Earth isn't ready for an "inevitable" pandemic, after stimulating four possible scenarios.

Ebola is a popular disease among the Nigerian locals as there were cases of the virus being reported in Nigeria - but was swiftly handled by the Nigerian authorities.

The 2014 global Ebola response drew criticism for moving too slowly and prompted an apology from the WHO.

At least two thirds of the victims who contracted the virus can be traced back to this small group.

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