FG activates response on Ebola outbreak nationwide

Seventeen people in northwest Democratic

At least 17 people have died from the disease so far in the country's ninth known outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever since it was first identified in the mid-1970s.

The minister clarified with The Associated Press that testing still must be done in nine cases, and equipment to conduct rapid testing on the patients has been dispatched.

At the same time, cases have already been reported in three separate locations around Bikoro, and Salama warned there was a clear risk the disease could spread to more densely populated areas.

There is also fear that two health care workers may be among the infected, which happens often in Ebola outbreaks and can fuel the disease's spread.

What makes Ebola more risky is that it is hard to diagnose someone with the disease until they have been actually infected with it for a few days already.

"This situation worries us and requires a very immediate and energetic response", he said at a news conference.

According to WHO Deputy Director-General Peter Salama, 32 confirmed cases of Ebola were registered in DR Congo, including 18 lethal ones.

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NAN reports that on May 30, 2017, the regulatory and ethics-review boards in the DRC approved the use of an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat.

Over the last four decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo has experienced eight Ebola outbreaks.

While the outbreak is in a remote area where road travel is taxing and slow, one of the towns where cases may be occurring, Bikoro, is a port on a lake that connects to the Congo River. The ongoing epidemic is located in the Bikoro health zone, located in Equateur province, in western Democratic Republic of the Congo and on the border with the Republic of Congo.

"Kenya has put health systems on high alert.Further, it has strengthened the routine screening of travelers at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Busia, Malaba, Namanga, Wilson Airport and all other entry points", She said. In a vaccination trial during the West African Ebola virus epidemic, only 49 percent of individuals who had been in contact with Ebola virus patients could be vaccinated.

Officials in Guinea and Gambia both said they had heightened screening measures along their borders to prevent the spread.

Following the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Federal government has activated surveillance activities cross the country to detect and prevent any outbreak of the disease.To this end, letters of alert have been sent to all states to enhance surveillance activities and an advisory note for the general public.

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