DR Congo reports four more Ebola cases

DR Congo reports four more Ebola cases

Against the backdrop of 17 deaths, from Ebola, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has directed the Federal Ministry of Health to step up surveillance at all entry points and screen all coming into the country.

Seven people died of Ebola out of 19 confirmed cases in Nigeria in 2014.

Following the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo, there is a high possibility that the worldwide friendly match between the central African nation and the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be called off.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has disclosed that the Federal Government of Nigeria has stepped up efforts at major worldwide airports in the county to combat the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

This is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the vast, forested central African nation since it was first identified near its northern Ebola river in the 1970s.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed the presence of the Ebola on Tuesday after lab tests revealed that two samples of five collected from patients in DRC had contracted the virus. These belong to the Equateur Province.

About a year ago, an outbreak of Ebola killed eight people.

A nine-year-old is taken to an ambulance by health workers in Liberia 2014
A nine-year-old is taken to an ambulance by health workers in Liberia 2014 Credit AP

The WHO has released £738,000 ($1mn) from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to support response activities for the next three months. It is transmitted to people from wild animals and can be spread from human to human.

He says four new cases and one death also have been reported in the town of Ikoko Impenge. MedlinePlus website, Ebola is "severe" and "often fatal".

"Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 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.

It adds, "Symptoms of Ebola may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to the virus".

"WHO is working closely with the government of the DRC to rapidly scale up its operations and mobilize health partners, using the model of a successful response to a similar... outbreak in 2017", it said in a statement.

Peter Salama, WHO deputy director-general, emergency preparedness and response, welcomed the United Kingdom support.