Health Alert! Ebola Is Back!

Ebony Scott
May 12, 2018

Health officials have confirmed the first death from Ebola during a new outbreak of the disease in Africa. A new outbreak of the disease has been confirmed by the DRC Ministry of Health in the north-west of the country, near the town of Ikoko Impenge, next to the town of Bikoro. He said: "We want to assure Nigerians that the federal government is concerned about the outbreak and will do everything possible to keep the country safe".

The authority said screening of out bound and inbound passengers is ongoing at major worldwide 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.

But the World Health Organization today also stated there has been 21 suspected cases since the start of April, including 17 deaths - all of which occurred before the outbreak was confirmed. "Cholera spreads when faeces and/or vomitus of an infected person contaminates the water or food of another person and it is swallowed".

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

This is DRC's ninth outbreak of EVD since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976. "This is quite unfortunate", Sarah Opendi, minister of state for health, said.

Adewole told CNN the government had reactivated Emergency Operation Centers created during the 2014 Ebola outbreak to prepare for any confirmed cases.

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Ebola is already considered one of the most lethal pathogens in existence, and the new outbreak has been branded a "public health emergency".

At the time, CAF rescheduled matches for the African Cup of Nations involving the worst-hit nations Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs of the Authority, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu said all the equipment and personnel used in combatting the virus in 2014 are still very much at the airports.

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