Officials announce first confirmed death from new Ebola outbreak in Congo
11 May, 2018, 04:29 | Author: Jared Lewis
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it has received a health alert from the Democratic Republic of Congo on Ebolaoutbreak. A new outbreak of the disease has been confirmed by the DRC Ministry of Health in the north-west of the country, near the town of Ikoko Impenge, next to the town of Bikoro. A spokesman for the World Health Organization Congo told Reuters that there have been cases of Ebola reported since December with the first deaths coming in January.
The deadly Eboladisease also spread to Nigeria when Patrick Sawyer, who was infected with the virus, flew into the country from Liberia.
"One of the defining features of this epidemic is the fact that three health professionals have been affected", Health Minister Oly Ilunga said in a statement.
The Nigeria football federation (NFF) may cancel the already scheduled worldwide friendly match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo following a fresh outbreak of Ebola in the central African country.
Mr Ilunga said 17 deaths that drew the attention of health officials over the weekend to the region had not yet been confirmed as resulting from Ebola.
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Another 11 people, including three nurses, are ill with the deadly virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
"After contact, the nurses began showing signs", Ngaleto said.
"We have isolated the patients".
Seven people died of Ebola out of 19 confirmed cases in Nigeria in 2014.
"Our country is facing another epidemic of the Ebola virus, which constitutes an global public health emergency", the ministry said in a statement.
Ebola is best known and most feared for the internal and external bleeding it can cause in its victims, owing to damage done to blood vessels.
It has also confirmed that there are 11 other people that are now infected with Ebola.
Nigeria's health ministry on Wednesday ordered emergency measures to be put in place to screen visitors from the DR Congo and neighbouring countries.
Congo's long experience of Ebola and its vast, remote geography mean outbreaks are often localised and relatively easy to isolate and snuff out. Similar measures helped Africa's most populous country contain the virus during the West African epidemic that began in 2013.
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