In Congo declared an Ebola outbreak: 17 dead

Blanche Robertson
May 9, 2018

There have been 21 suspected cases of viral haemorrhagic fever, including 17 deaths in the past five weeks.

"WHO is closely working with other partners, including MSF, to ensure a strong response to support the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to prevent and control the spreading of the disease from the epicentre", said Dr Allarangar Yokouide, WHO's representative in Congo.

According to Doctors Without Borders spokesperson Brienne Prusak, the humanitarian medical organization has been supporting the DRC Ministry of Health on the ground in its investigation of the current outbreak since last Saturday. That outbreak was quickly contained due to joint efforts by the government, the World Health Organization and other partners.

A new Ebola outbreak has killed 17 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo as of May 3.

The average fatality rate is around 50 percent, varying from 25 percent to 90 percent, according to the WHO.

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WHO and local officials were able to quickly control last year's outbreak in an isolated part of the country, though the 2013-2016 swept through densely populated areas, devastating Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and sparking a US debate about travel bans and whether to quarantine returning health workers. Global health experts have called WHO's failure to quickly raise the alarm and adequately respond to that epidemic, which began in 2014, an "egregious failure".

The WHO described the outbreak as "a public health crisis of worldwide importance".

"The global health community collectively has learned its lesson", she said, although she added that some pandemic preparedness issues still need to be worked out.

He became the first person to test positive for the disease on USA soil and later died in Dallas. Previous versions of the president's budgets have called for spending reductions at the CDC, USAID and the Global Fund. This comes less than a year since the country's last Ebola outbreak. It can be spread through direct contact with another person's blood or body fluids which includes urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen, objects that have come in contact with body fluids from an infected person, infected fruit bats and primates, and possibly contact with semen from a man who recovered from Ebola. Eight people were confirmed to have contracted the virus, it proved to deadly for four of the patients.

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