Four more cases of Ebola reported in Democratic Republic of Congo
Four more cases of Ebola reported in Democratic Republic of Congo
A passenger is screened at the JKIA in Nairobi in August 2015 /FILE
11 May, 2018, 04:27
Ebola Virus Disease, which most commonly affecting people and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees), is caused by one of five known Ebola viruses.
The cases are likely linked to a policeman in the Bikoro health zone who presented symptoms of hemorrhagic fever and died in December, Muyembe said.
Nigeria recorded its first case of Ebola in 2014 after a government official named Patrick Sawyer, who had been infected with the virus from Liberia, collapsed on arrival at the airport in country's biggest city, catching health authorities unawares.
Ngaleto said of all cases so far reported, seven were now in the hospital in Bikoro.
Though, there is no direct flight to Democratic Republic of Congo, some Nigerian carriers, including Arik Air, Air Peace, Medview Airlines fly, into some West and Central African countries.
Most of the cases have been recorded around the village of Ikoko Impenge, near the northwestern town of Bikoro.
Mr Ilunga said 17 deaths that drew the attention of health officials over the weekend to the region had not yet been confirmed as resulting from Ebola.
Zambia on Thursday announced heightened surveillance measures following fresh outbreak of Ebola in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). "We have isolated them", Serge Ngaleto, the director of Bikoro's main hospital said.
It has also confirmed that there are 11 other people that are now infected with Ebola.
But Ikoko Impenge and Bikoro are situated not far from the banks of the Congo River, a major artery for trade and transport upstream from the capital Kinshasa.
Nigeria has already stepped up screening processes at this entry points including major worldwide airports in the country to ensure no outbreak is recorded.
Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry said it had dispatched a team of 12 experts to the northwest to try to trace new contacts of the disease, identify the epicentre and all affected villages and provide resources.
"Our country is facing another epidemic of the Ebolavirus, which constitutes an worldwide public health emergency", the ministry said in a statement.
Congo's long experience of Ebola and its remote geography mean outbreaks are often localised and relatively easy to isolate.
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