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US News Ebola outbreak declared: 17 hemorrhagic fever deaths reported in Republic of Congo

10:15  09 may  2018
10:15  09 may  2018 Source:   ibtimes.co.in

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Outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the Republic of the Congo , 2003: a new strategy. Medecine Tropicale (Marseille). Ebola virus haemorrhagic fever , Democratic Republic of the Congo – Update. Weekly Epidemiological Record. 2007; 82(40):345-346.

2014: Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo . On February 27, 2001, Uganda was declared officially to be free of Ebola hemorrhagic fever , following a 42-day period, twice the maximum incubation period, during which no new cases had been reported .

n this undated colorized transmission electron micrograph file image made available by the CDC shows an Ebola virus virion. © AP n this undated colorized transmission electron micrograph file image made available by the CDC shows an Ebola virus virion. The Democratic Republic of Congo has declared an Ebola outbreak for the first time this year. The last one in 2017 was quickly controlled due to the rapid and coordinated responses from the international medical community and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Two out of five suspicious samples in the country have tested positive for Ebola, notes a report by the WHO released earlier this week. The five samples tested were taken from the IIkoko Iponge hospital near Bikoro, in the northwestern part of the Congo along Lake Tumba.

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Latest CDC Outbreak Information Updated December 15, 2014. 2012: Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak in Uganda. A total of 24 human cases (probable and confirmed only), 17 of which were fatal, were reported starting at the beginning of July.

Latest CDC Outbreak Information Updated December 15, 2014. 2012: Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak in Uganda. A total of 24 human cases (probable and confirmed only), 17 of which were fatal, were reported starting at the beginning of July.

Over the last five weeks, there have been 21 reported cases, 17 of these peopel have already died, reports ARS Technica. The deaths are suspected to be caused by a viral haemorrhagic fever– an umbrella term used to describe any illness that causes high fevers followed by severe bleeding, this is caused by various viral infections, one of which is Ebola.

The West African country of Liberia is crippled by a recent outbreak of the disease Ebola. © Getty The West African country of Liberia is crippled by a recent outbreak of the disease Ebola.

WHO reports that facilities in the region surrounding Bikoro have limited functionality and rely heavily on aid. The tested samples were lifted to Congo's capital city Kinshasa for testing. Soon after this, the country's health ministry is reported to have reached out to the WHO which immediately set up a dedicated support team of staff to coordinate responses. A sum of $1 million has also been released to fund the emergency activities.

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Latest CDC Outbreak Information Updated December 15, 2014. 2012: Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak in Uganda. A total of 24 human cases (probable and confirmed only), 17 of which were fatal, were reported starting at the beginning of July.

Outbreak (s) of Ebola haemorrhagic fever , Congo and Gabon, October 2001- July 2002. Weekly Epidemiological Report . “ Outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the Republic of the Congo , 2003: a new strategy?”. Medecine Tropicale (Marseille).

"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," WHO Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response Dr. Peter Salama said in a press statement.

"Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease."

Deadly viral diseases © CDC Deadly viral diseases

While a multidisciplinary team of experts is being set up and will be sent to the region in the coming days, the report notes that a team from Doctors Without Borders have already reached ground zero at Bikoro to scale up rapid response.

This May 2018 outbreak is the ninth one for the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1976, when the Ebola virus was first discovered here, notes the report. Ebola is endemic to this region and likely spreads to humans from farm animals and other mammals like bats and primates. Symptoms include fever, pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and unexplained hemorrhaging, notes ARS.

The fatality rate of Ebola is 50 percent.

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