Congo Confirms 14 More Ebola Virus Cases

Simon Moss
May 18, 2018

The WHO will be deploying about 30 experts to scrutinise and inspect the city, is working along with the Ministry of Health and also believes in engaging with the communities to prevent and treat and report about new cases.

Botswana has issued a travel advisory informing its citizens not to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following confirmation of 17 Ebola virus-related deaths and 21 suspected cases in that country last week. That new death had epidemiological ties to another case. Another lethal case in Wangata on Thursday was a suspected one, Xinhua news agency reported.

"This puts a whole different lens on this outbreak and gives us increased urgency to move very quickly into Mbandaka to stop this new first sign of transmission", he said. A newly confirmed case in a densely populated part of the country will complicate attempts to control the outbreak, the statement said.

Notably, about 23 people have reportedly died and 42 people have contracted the virus since Epola outbreak began earlier in May. An initial €1.5 million will provide logistics support to the World Health Organization (WHO), and a further €130,000 offered to the International Federation of the Red Cross for life-saving interventions by the Congolese Red Cross.

The Commission operates a dedicated humanitarian air service called "ECHO Flight" in African countries, with hubs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and Mali.

The vaccine has been shown to be highly effective against Ebola.

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Ebola is thought to be spread over long distances by fruit bats and is often transmitted to humans eating contaminated bushmeat - meat from wild animals such as monkeys or antelopes.

"As more evidence comes in of the separation of cases in space and time, and healthcare workers getting infected, and people attending funerals and then travelling quite big distances - it's got everything we would worry about", he told Reuters.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it was preparing for the "worst case scenario", as it responds to the Ebola outbreak in the DRC.

According to Seipone, symptoms of Ebola virus disease include a fever of acute onset (37.5oC) with unexplained bleeding tendencies from the nose (epistasis), gums, vagina, skin or eyes, bloody stools, vomiting and coughing blood, diarrhoea, deterioration of vision or decreased consciousness.

Information for this article was contributed by Jamey Keaten of The Associated Press.

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