Congo's Ebola outbreak reports 1st confirmed urban case

Congo's Ebola outbreak reports 1st confirmed urban case

Congo's Ebola outbreak reports 1st confirmed urban case

"What we're saying though is that urban Ebola is very different phenomenon to rural Ebola because we know that people in urban areas can have far more contacts so that means that urban Ebola can result in an exponential increase in cases in a way that rural Ebola struggles to do".

Salama said that isolation and rudimentary management facilities had been set up in Mbandaka.

The scale of the previous outbreak forced several nations, including Russian Federation and China, to develop vaccines to Ebola.

"One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of almost 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo", the UN's health agency said in a statement. It is emphasized that so far, confirmed cases of EVD have been recorded near the city Bikoro, located 150 km from Mbandaka.

Last week, a top World Health Organization official warned that if the virus reached Mbandaka, the DRC could be confronted with yet another Ebola crisis.

"Local volunteers and health workers are the community's alarm system", said Ben Adinoyi, who heads the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' health unit for Africa.

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Since the outbreak began, there has been a total of 45 cases: 14 confirmed, 21 probable and 10 suspected.

Those exposed to the suspected Ebola cases will for the first time in Congo receive Ebola vaccinations, the health minister said.

Health officials warn that a new case of Ebola in central Africa is a "major, major game-changer".

Doctors Without Borders, or MSF as its often called by its French acronym, said it too is stepping up its response to stop the spread of the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The outbreak, in the northeast of the country, has affected 44 people who have presented symptoms of haemorrhagic fever in the region; 3 confirmed as Ebola, and 23 deaths have been notified by the national health authorities.

They work backwards from each infected person, figuring out everyone they might have come in contact with and monitoring those individuals for any sign at all of infection.

"This is a major development in the outbreak", said Peter Salama, the WHO's deputy director general of emergency preparedness and response. "So far, all of them have occurred in remote and isolated areas, as was the case past year in Likati, when the epidemic didn't spread." explains Henry Gray, MSF Emergency Coordinator in Mbandaka.

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Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million, is in a busy travel corridor in Congo's northwest Equateur province and is upstream from the capital, Kinshasa, a city of about 10 million.

While there is no specific treatment for the deadly disease, which has a 90 percent fatality rate, World Health Organization has shipped thousands of doses of an experimental vaccine to the region.

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The average fatality rate among those infected with the virus is about 50 percent, according to the WHO.

An outbreak between 2014 and 2016 in west Africa was the worst ever, and killed more than 11,000.

Eleven people were treated for Ebola in the United States in 2014, two of whom died, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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