One dead from Ebola, 11 others infected, DRC confirms

Zambia on increased alert after Ebola outbreak in DRC

As of Thursday, 11 Ebola cases and one death have been confirmed.

Two subjects tested positive in an area around the northwestern part of the country, but there are at least 21 suspected cases elsewhere.

A source at the airport confirmed the development to our correspondent, saying, "Though relevant authorities especially the Port Health Services desk have been doing their job but with the directive coming from the government and the outbreak of the disease in Congo, all hands are now more on deck to arrest any eventuality".

The last major outbreak, which happened over two years in 2014-2016, killed over 11,000 across several African nations.

He says the new patients have been isolated.

This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in Congo since 1976, when the deadly disease was first identified. "There are no deaths yet, but all of the sick are presenting signs of fever, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and intense fatigue".

Bikoro health zone has a population of around 163 000 people with three hospitals and 19 health centres covering the population, most with limited functionality.

The director of the National Institute of Biological and Bacterial Research, Dr Jean Jacques Muyembe, said on Wednesday health experts should be able to quickly contain this outbreak because the area is so remote.

"This advance team brought the first batches of equipment, mostly containing rapid diagnostic tests for the Ebola virus and laser thermometers", the Health Ministry statement said. However, those cases were not confirmed through testing. A majority of the cases of Ebola have been recorded around the village of Ikoko Impenge. No ideal cure has been found for the disease yet, but treatment focuses on supporting the body by providing fluids, replacing lost blood and treating other infections that develop. Without preventive measures, the virus can spread quickly between people and is fatal in up to 90 percent of cases. The World Health Organization reported Thursday that 27 total cases of fever with hemorrhagic symptoms were recorded in the Bikoro region between April 4 and May 5, including 17 deaths. His mother and 10 others then showed similar symptoms.

An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the north-west of the Democratic Republic Congo.

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