Ebola-Zaire confirmed in DRC outbreak that killed 3


The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), which Duchin described as the USA "mothership" for handling such epidemics, defines Ebola as a rare and deadly disease spread by direct contact with blood or body fluids of a person infected with the Ebola virus, or by contact with a contaminated object or infected animal.

Nigeria's Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has called for heightened vigilance and intensified awareness efforts on symptoms of hemorrhagic fevers following the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a letter to WHO from the Congo's Minister of Health, Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga stated that "Of the five blood specimens taken from suspected cases and analysed at INRB, one has tested positive for Ebola virus (Zaïre serotype) using real-time polymerase chain reaction".

Out of the nine cases, three people have since died, including one who tested positive for Ebola, according to World Health Organization spokesman Christian Lindmeier.

The outbreak reportedly started around April 22 in the Bas-Uele province, about 1,300 km (800 miles) northeast of the capital city of Kinshasa. World Health Organization has already mobilized technical experts to be deployed on the ground and is ready to provide the leadership and technical expertise required to mount a coordinated and effective response.

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The nation has had seven known Ebola outbreaks in the past, including one in 2014 with several dozen confirmed cases.

"The fact that this is a country that has experience dealing with Ebola should give us hope that we won't see a pandemic on the scale of the 2014 outbreak that hit West Africa", Dr. Seth Berkley, Gavi CEO, said in a statement.

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Although the DRC health district is in a remote area, such fast action is necessary for contact tracing, an essential action to contain the outbreak, Allarangar said.

It adds, "Two contacts of this case are being investigated: a person who took care of him during transport to the health care facility, he has since developed similar symptoms, and a moto-taxi driver who transported the patient to the health care facility". Infected bats are thought to transmit the disease to humans, or indirectly through other animals which are hunted for their meat. "The ministry of health is taking all measures to respond quickly and efficiently to this new outbreak". "Now it takes about two to three days to reach the epicenter from Kinshasa", WHO said. The WHO has described Congo as "the country that knows how to beat Ebola". The longer the interval of time between outbreaks, he said, the less likely the cases could be flares or a smoldering transmission. He said the confirmed case was of the Zaire strain of the virus.