Congo health ministry reports first death in Ebola outbreak

Ebola Nigeria begins screening travelers at airports

Eighteen of those have died, including one of the health care workers.

Most of the cases so far have been recorded around the village of Ikoko Impenge, near the northwestern town of Bikoro.

The Federal Ministry of Health is to step up emergency surveillance at all land borders and airports after laboratory testing confirmed two of five hemorrhagic fever infections in the DRC as Ebola. Three of the 32 cases were among healthcare workers. The virus is also spread through sexual contact.

Ebola spread to Nigeria in 2014 when Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American diplomat, flew into the country from Liberia and collapsed at the main worldwide airport in Lagos. Without preventive measures, the virus can spread quickly between people through blood, other bodily fluids, and surfaces that have been infected.

"Community volunteers and groups are critical to stopping the spread of disease, especially in isolated areas, such as the epicentre of this current outbreak", said Dr Nafo-Traoré. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.

It was reported that on May 30, 2017, the regulatory and ethics-review boards in the DRC approved the use of an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat the disease.

The Ebola virus is highly infectious and very deadly. Unfortunately, there are no approved drugs to treat Ebola, although a vaccine has been tested in humans with some success.

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Hunkuyi, however, urged the Oyegun-led executive to urgently declare the congress a nullity and order for fresh, transparent and democratic process.

After the catastrophic 2014 outbreak, Obama went to Congress and passed a $5.4 billion package of funding for dealing with any possible Ebola outbreak.

The Ebola vaccine was developed right at the end of the epidemic that hit West Africa.

"This situation worries us and requires a very immediate and energetic response", he said at a news conference.

The horrific scourge of Ebola has re-emerged in central Africa, posing a dire threat to countless innocent men, women and children.

Further, in order to mitigate the threat, the Ministry of Health has established the National Health Emergencies Council, whose role is, among others, to act expeditiously to prevent importation of Ebola virus disease or any other diseases of Public Health importance into Kenya.

The virus is endemic to DRC, and causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Will the world be better prepared this time? But swift action is needed. If history is anything to go by, they will be probably be successful in stopping this outbreak before it gets out of control.

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