- In the Six confirmed cases, four are already dead
- WHO already on ground to help curtail spread
The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced today of a second outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus in the NorthWestern part of Congo. WHO has now confirmed this, revealing the information in their official website.
The unfortunate situation which the country has to deal with now also comes with the fact that the country recently curtailed its previous Ebola outbreak; they are also battling with the novel coronavirus and the largest measles outbreak. The Congolese health ministry said Monday it had identified six cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Equateur Province, a region close to the Congo River on the border with the Republic of the Congo. So far, Four people have died.
According to the WHO, initial information gathered from the Ministry of Health reveals that six Ebola cases have so far been detected in Wangata, of which four have died and two are alive and under care and surveillance. So far, three of these six cases have been confirmed with laboratory testing. It is also likely that more people will be identified with the disease as surveillance activities increase.The current outbreak of Ebola in the Congo is the 11th since its first ever outbreak and detection in 1976.
WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti had this to say,
“It’s happening at a challenging time, but WHO has worked over the last two years with health authorities, Africa CDC and other partners to strengthen national capacity to respond to outbreaks, To reinforce local leadership, WHO plans to send a team to support scaling up the response. Given the proximity of this new outbreak to busy transport routes and vulnerable neighboring countries we must act quickly.”
Following WHO’s capacity on ground following the 2018 outbreak, WHO is already on the ground in Mbandaka supporting the response to this outbreak. WHO is actively involved in the collection and testing of samples, referencing them to the national laboratory for confirmation. Factboyz.com gathers that Contact tracing is underway. Work is also vigorously ongoing to send additional supplies from North Kivu and from Kinshasa to support the government-led response. Also, a further 25 people are expected to arrive in Mbandaka tomorrow. WHO is also working round the clock to ensure that essential health services are provided to communities despite the obvious health emergency events currently taking its toll on the African country.
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