11 additional cases of hemorrhagic fever in Congo including 1 death

Faith Castro
May 12, 2018

Three health care professionals are among the confirmed cases, Ilunga said: "As health professionals are the first actors in the government's response to Ebola, this situation is of concern to us and requires a response that is all the more immediate and energetic".

In a press conference given in Geneva on Friday, Peter Salama, head of the WHO's emergency response, told reporters the worldwide health organization is taking the newest outbreak of this Ebola virus very seriously.

When news broke this week that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing yet another Ebola outbreak, many public health experts were not surprised.

WHO Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response Peter Salam made the announcement today.

"We have also deployed medical personnel to conduct screening along the Busia and Malaba border posts with Uganda", Kariuki said at a joint news conference in Nairobi.

Geneva - The WHO is preparing for the worst case scenario in an Ebola outbreak in a remote area of Congo, including spread to a major town. "The last epidemic affected the entire continent, but it is not the same case this time", said the CS while addressing journalists at the airport on Friday.

As of 11 May 2018, there are a total of 34 cases, with 18 deaths (case fatality rate 52.9%), among which two cases are confirmed, 14 suspected and 18 probable. "If it becomes necessary to alert the people of Malawi we will do so without causing any unnecessary anxiety".

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"Public health emergency of worldwide concern" means an extraordinary event which is determined, as provided in these Regulations: "(i) to constitute a public health risk to other States through the global spread of disease and (ii) to potentially require a coordinated global response".

Ebola's potential to spread rapidly is the reason it's essential to have dedicated officials coordinating a response to an outbreak before it turns into a deadly epidemic or pandemic.

The risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United Kingdom remains negligible, it added.

At this level, 80 percent of a population would need to be immunised to prevent outbreaks, even if a highly effective vaccine that protects 90 percent of individuals after vaccination was available.

Signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, sore throat, muscular pain and headaches.

Liberia was only declared free of active Ebola virus transmission last June.

Prevention includes limiting the spread of the disease from infected animals to humans.

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