Now 10 confirmed Ebola deaths in Congo

Congo Ebola vaccination campaign rolled out

Some patients also experience a rash around the face, neck, trunk, and arms usually appearing by day five or seven, red eyes, chest pain, throat soreness, difficulty breathing or swallowing and bleeding (including internal).

Vaccinators will need to carefully explain that some people who receive the vaccine may still get sick because protection is not immediate or because some of them may already have been infected when they were vaccinated, Berkley said. A third case was traced and the patient is back under observation.

"In all three cases every effort was made by staff at the hospital to convince the patients - and their families - not to leave and to continue their treatment", Slater said.

"However, forced hospitalisation is not the solution to this epidemic".

Health ministry sources said that police officers were deployed to help track down the patients.

Doctors are especially anxious because, with a population of over 1 million people, Mbandaka is extremely susceptible to a fast-moving Ebola outbreak.

Both Guracha and Kok outlined a raft of measures taken with support from World Health Organization to prevent the entry and spread of the EVD into South Sudan.

"It's very hard to predict", he said, referring to the river linking the trading hub of Mbandaka to the capital Kinshasa, whose population is 10 million.

Health workers have drawn up a list of 628 people who have had contact with known cases who will need to be vaccinated.

"It is unfortunate but not unexpected".

The UK has acted swiftly to scale up the response to this outbreak of Ebola, a horrific disease which we know has the potential to cause devastating loss of life.

The escapes unfortunately are not surprising, said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease physician with Toronto's University Health Network who treats tropical diseases.

Three new Ebola cases have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's sprawling northwest taking the number of suspected infections to 43, the health minister said in a statement seen on May 19, 2018. World Health Organization attributed the discrepancy to several issues, including communication delays in remote locations and constant reclassification of cases. Yesterday the DRC health ministry said there are 52 cases, 31 confirmed, 13 probable, and 8 suspected. It has warned against worldwide travel and trade restrictions.

The UN children's fund warned the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo threatens the health and well-being of children, and special care must be taken to help them survive.

Salama noted that, in eight Ebola outbreaks in Congo, two patterns have emerged: The virus affected either isolated rural areas only or towns only. Ebola first presents with a headache and fever, with hemorrhaging being a later symptom. It spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids or objects contaminated by someone ill with the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the DRC. The virus enters the body through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose or mouth. "The quicker patients are admitted, the greater their chance of survival and the greater the chance of limiting the spread of Ebola". Unfortunately for those doctors and health officials in a race against the clock, the most deadly of the three, the Zaire strain, is the one responsible for the current outbreak with a mortality rate of 60 to 90 percent. Joe Raedle 10. Is There An Ebola Vaccine?

Merck's shot is well suited for "ring vaccination" of people in recent contact with new Ebola cases, but a long-lasting option would be a good bet for healthy support workers coming in to fight the crisis.

Congo's government, the World Health Organization (WHO) and aid agencies are racing to contain what could be the most unsafe of Democratic Republic of Congo's nine epidemics since it was discovered by northern Congo's eponymous river four decades ago.

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