Die as WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak in Republic of Congo


Ebola is no longer an "extraordinary" health event, the World Health Organisation has said. Three people have died of fever. "Ebola transmission in West Africa no longer constitutes an extraordinary event, that the risk of global spread is now low, and that countries currently have the capacity to respond rapidly to new virus emergences", the panel said in its latest statement.

At least one person has died after contracting the virus in the country's north-east, the World Health Organization says. "We always take this very seriously", said spokesman Eric Kabambi.

One case of the hemorrhagic fever was confirmed out of the five tested since the outbreak emerged April 22 in Bas-Uele province, Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said.

The WHO later said that the health authorities in the DRC confirmed that a total of three people have died and six others have come down with an illness believed to be due to Ebola virus infection, The Guardian reported. The deadly hemorrhagic fever was first detected in its dense tropical forests in 1976 and named after the nearby river Ebola.

WHO and its partners will "support the Ministry of Health in all aspects of the response", Salama said, including epidemiological research to assess how many people are at risk, surveillance, logistics, communications, local engagement and bringing in supplies. That outbreak was not connected to the massive epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that left thousands dead. The last outbreak before the current one was between August and November in 2014, claiming 49 lives.

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World Health Organization was quick to respond to the outbreak as they are now working hand in hand with the local authorities to prevent the further spread of the disease.

"The MSF emergency team will conduct an assessment of the situation and may construct an Ebola treatment centre and help care for those suspected or confirmed to be affected by the virus".

The WHO was criticised at the time for responding too slowly and failing to grasp the gravity of the outbreak.

In the meantime, Gavi, a public-private partnership that makes vaccines available to lower-income countries, has an agreement with Merck to stockpile the vaccine.

The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results published in 2016.