Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Congo confirms 1 new Ebola death, bringing total to 12

Congo confirms 1 new Ebola death, bringing total to 12 Congo confirms 1 new Ebola death, bringing total to 12
Melissa Porter | 31 May, 2018, 13:02

There is no specific treatment for Ebola, which is spread through the bodily fluids of people exhibiting symptoms. Many of them follow religious and traditional practices, especially during funerals, which are not necessarily aligned with health recommendations. Several hundred people who have come into contact with infected persons are now being monitored by health authorities.

Since the plan was written, the disease has spread to the provincial capital Mbandaka, with an estimated population of 1.5 million people, and World Health Organization has more than doubled its response budget, to $56 million from an initial $26 million.

The fight against the dreaded Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is being hampered by fear and suspicion of medical authorities, reports say.

"The UK has acted swiftly to scale up the response to this outbreak of Ebola, a horrific disease which we know has the potential to cause devastating loss of life", Mordaunt said.

Ebola has been confirmed in at least two people in the northwestern town of Bikoro.

Ebola is initially transmitted to people from wild animals, including bats and monkeys.

Congo's Health Ministry said late on Monday there had been 54 cases of Ebola in the outbreak, including 35 confirmed, 13 probable and six suspected cases, and 25 deaths.

Mbandaka already has the vaccination campaign underway, where they have identified four new cases of Ebola.

The river also runs along the border with the Republic of Congo to the west.

UNICEF staffer Jean Claude Nzengu (c.) talks with members of an Ebola vaccination team as they prepare to administer the vaccine in an Ebola-affected community in Mbandaka, Congo. The UK Department for Health and Social Care also provided £4m to the WHO's Contingency Fund for Emergencies in March 2018.

Vaccines can help curb the spread of Ebola. There have been 27 deaths so far, with three deaths confirmed as Ebola.

Amid fears of the outbreak spreading to neighboring countries, the United Nations migration agency said Friday it would support the deployment of Congolese health teams to 16 entry points along the nearby border with the Republic of Congo for infection control and prevention. Meanwhile, millions of dollars from the Congolese government and worldwide aid have been allocated to combat the spread of the deadly disease, including up to $8 million from the U.S. Agency for global Development.

This is 's ninth Ebola outbreak since 1976, when the disease was first identified.