Ebola outbreak worsens in DRC

Ebola outbreak worsens in DRC

Ebola outbreak worsens in DRC

According to him, as of May 11, "our case count is two confirmed cases, 12 suspected cases and 18 probable cases".

"This is the country's ninth Ebola outbreak and there is considerable expertise in-country", Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, was quoted as saying. Five samples were collected from five patients and two have been confirmed by the laboratory.

President Joseph Kabila also met WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Kinshasa on Sunday.

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World Health Organization said that it is working with the DRC's Government to reduce loss of life and suffering. The biggest worry since the epidemic was identified has been that it could spread there. Some deaths occurring as early as January have not yet been linked to the epidemic.

The WHO was criticised for bungling its response to that epidemic, and so has moved quickly. But owing to remote geography and poor transport links, they tended to fizzle out rather than spread to become a national crisis.

Bikoro health zone is almost 150 km from Mbandaka, capital of Equateur Province in an area of the country that is very hard to reach.

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Some experts assume the DRC's stricter epidemiological surveillance and better disease response system compared to other African countries, including Gabon and the Republic of Congo, are other reasons why the DRC has had so many reported cases of Ebola. "Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the Government of the DRC and partners to reduce the loss of life and suffering related to this new Ebola virus disease outbreak", said Dr Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response.

Although the DRC outbreak is of a different strain, the experimental vaccine is still thought to be safe and effective.

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