DR Congo records four fresh cases of Ebola

Map of the Democratic Republic of Congo locating a new outbreak of Ebola virus near the town of Bikoro on the shores of Lake Tumba in the north-western Equateur province

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has issued alerts to all its regional directors, chief executives of teaching hospitals as well as all relevant agencies and institutions across the country in the face of the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo.

Bikoro is situated in Equateur Province on the shores of Lake Tumba in the north-western part of the country near the Republic of the Congo.

So far 17 people have died in an ebola outbreak in northwestern Congo.

The authority said screening of out bound and inbound passengers is ongoing at major global airports, as it has activated existing surveillance equipment used for combating the deadly virus disease, which spread into Nigeria in 2014 through an American - Liberian, Patrick Sawyer.

The first death in the current Ebola outbreak facing the Democratic Republic of Congo has been reported.

According to the health ministry of Congo, five samples were sent to the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in Kinshasa.

Some 11 cases of the disease, a type of viral hemorrhagic fever, have also been confirmed, Ilunga announced.

This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in Congo since 1976, when the deadly disease was first identified.

Peter Salama, WHO deputy director-general, emergency preparedness and response, welcomed the United Kingdom support. All the neighbouring countries have been alerted.

Experts fear it could have an "international impact", considering how quickly the virus decimated West Africa between 2014 and 2016. Screening had been stepped up since the latest outbreak in Congo. Three other nurses also were being treated for a hemorrhagic fever, he said.

"Following the outbreak of Ebola in DRC and as per the global health regulations we are now conducting routine screening of all travelers at points of entry", said Kariuki in a notice seen by TUKO.co.ke. This was well contained through the efficient coordination among the government, health department, global partners and the WHO. The team from World Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders looked at the possible causes of these fevers because several other diseases and viruses could also cause these fevers. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

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