World Health Organization says Ebola poses a 'very high' risk to the Congo public

World Health Organization says Ebola poses a 'very high' risk to the Congo public

World Health Organization says Ebola poses a 'very high' risk to the Congo public

The European Commission has announced a package of urgent humanitarian aid to help contain an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. That new death had epidemiological ties to another case.

Only one of the 25 dead has been confirmed as Ebola, it said, adding that no new health professionals have been contaminated.

"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.

"If you remember from the previous outbreak, it took a whole lot for the global community to understand it's a unsafe disease.Today it seems as if as soon as the first case was declared at least a lot of people are coming in to help", said Axelle Ronsse of the organisation.

A total of 45 cases of Ebola have now been reported in Congo in this outbreak: 14 confirmed, 21 probable and 10 suspected, the ministry said, after results from lab tests returned Thursday.

Democratic Republic of Congo faces a "very high" public health risk from Ebola because the disease has been confirmed in a patient in a big city, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, raising its assessment from "high" previously.

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Until now, the outbreak was confined to remote areas, where Ebola, which is spread by bodily fluids, travels more slowly.

Doctors Without Borders said 514 people believed to have been in contact with infected people were being monitored. The vaccination campaign would first target health workers.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said in a statement: "The arrival of Ebola in an urban area is very concerning". The virus was initially transmitted to people from wild animals, including bats and monkeys. Under the supervision are already more than five hundred people.

According to Seipone, symptoms of Ebola virus disease include a fever of acute onset (37.5oC) with unexplained bleeding tendencies from the nose (epistasis), gums, vagina, skin or eyes, bloody stools, vomiting and coughing blood, diarrhoea, deterioration of vision or decreased consciousness.

Earlier it was also reported that as a preventive measures in the Congo was sent an experimental vaccine against Ebola.

The virus is endemic to DRC, and causes an acute, serious illness, which is often fatal if untreated.

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