The GHS Director said the Service will continue to educate the public about the early signs which include fever, headache, muscle pain and chills as well as later symptoms where a person may experience internal bleeding resulting in vomiting or coughing blood. Over 21 suspected viral haemorrhagic fever and 17 deaths have been reported around Ilkoko Iponge in the past five weeks.
This is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the vast, forested central African nation since it was first identified near its northern Ebola river in the 1970s. This is the fourth time that an Ebola outbreak has been reported in the former province of Equateur, following those of 1976, 1977 and 2014.
"One of the defining features of this epidemic is the fact that three health professionals have been affected", Ilunga said in a statement. These were sent to Institute National de Recherche Biomédicale in Kinshasa on 7 May 2018, where the two samples from Ikoko-Impenge were found positive by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay for Ebola virus on the same day.
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Between them, the two cities have a population of more than 12 million. Medical supplies are provided by worldwide bodies, but stock outs are frequent.
A team of experts from the World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and Equateur province travelled to Bikoro on Tuesday to beef up coordination and carry out investigations. "The generous support from Wellcome and partners like DFID and GloPID-R in combination with WHO's Contingency Fund for Emergencies is already making a difference".
Médecins Sans Frontières is setting up a treatment centre for the management of cases in Bikoro health zone.
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Immediate logistical capabilities and needs are being established.
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Information is now limited and investigations are ongoing to assess the full extent of the outbreak. This was well contained through the efficient coordination among the government, health department, worldwide partners and the WHO.