World DRC Ebola outbreak spreads to urban area of Mbandaka

12:36  17 may  2018
12:36  17 may  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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The risk of Congo ’s latest Ebola outbreak spreading is “very low” because of the remoteness of the affected area , a Congolese disease expert said Wednesday as medical teams arrived on the scene. It is about 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Mbandaka , the capital of the province of Equateur … so it

The risk of Congo ’s latest Ebola outbreak spreading is “very low” because of the remoteness of the affected area , a Congolese disease expert said Wednesday as medical teams arrived on the scene. It is about 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Mbandaka , the capital of the province of Equateur … so it

Health workers get ready to attend to suspected Ebola patients in Bikoro Hospital, the epicenter of the latest outbreak in the DRC. The DRC has experienced nine known Ebola outbreaks. © Mark Naftalin/UNICEF Health workers get ready to attend to suspected Ebola patients in Bikoro Hospital, the epicenter of the latest outbreak in the DRC. The DRC has experienced nine known Ebola outbreaks.

An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has now entered a "new phase," after the first urban case was confirmed in Mbandaka city, the country's health minister, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, said Wednesday.

The spread of the virus from rural areas into a city has raised fears it could quickly spread and become harder to control.

A total of 44 cases of hemorrhagic fever have now been reported, including 23 deaths, according to the health ministry. Three cases have been confirmed with laboratory tests.

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A pioneering vaccine and rapid response could bring the Democratic Republic of Congo ’s latest Ebola outbreak under control, minimizing the chances of it spreading to more populous areas , officials said. “A major urban outbreak ” in Mbandaka is “an immediate risk,” Salama said.

Equateur province in DRC has been affected by an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). provincial capital Mbandaka . There is a moderate risk of the outbreak spreading within the region In Mbandaka , the capital of Equateur province and nearest major urban centre, health workers are

As of now, the 23 deaths have occurred in rural areas, allowing authorities to attempt ring-fencing vaccinations in the the affected regions.

A newly confirmed case in a densely populated part of the country will complicate attempts to control the outbreak.

The Department of Health first reported the outbreak, the ninth the country has faced in the last four decades, on May 8.

In a statement Wednesday, Health Minister Oly Ilunga confirmed that a case tested positive for Ebola in Mbandaka, a city of 1 million people, in the central African country's Equateur province.

"This outbreak is very close to the Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. And we are taking it very seriously," Dr. Ibrahima-Soce Fall, WHO regional emergency director for Africa, said Monday when two cases were suspected in Mbandaka and being kept in isolation.

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According to Peter Salama, WHOs deputy director-general of emergency preparedness and response, the immediate risk is the outbreak spreading to Mbandaka , with a population of around one million. He said, “Once Ebola gets into urban areas , especially poor urban slums

Equateur province in DRC has been affected by an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). provincial capital Mbandaka . There is a moderate risk of the outbreak spreading within the region In Mbandaka , the capital of Equateur province and nearest major urban centre, health workers are

The World Health Organization, which earlier this week deployed 4,000 doses of experimental vaccine along with emergency teams and equipment to the DRC to control the outbreak, described the situation as "a concerning development."

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The Ebola vaccine being provided -- called rVSV-ZEBOV -- has been shown to be safe in humans and highly effective against the Ebola virus, according to the WHO.

A 2016 study found it to be 100% effective in trials in Guinea in coordination with the country's Ministry of Health after the 2014-15 outbreak.

The UN agency has been working with the Ministry of Health and international nongovernmental organization Médecins Sans Frontières to conduct the ring fence vaccinations across the affected areas -- where contacts of those infected, followed by contacts of those contacts, would all be vaccinated.

More doses of vaccine are expected to be shipped out, a WHO spokesman said earlier in the week.

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  Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts Congo's health minister says a nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the outbreak began, as the country begins a vaccination campaign. Health Minister Oly Ilunga said late Sunday that the nurse's death brings the death toll to 27. There are now 49 hemorrhagic fever cases: 22 confirmed as Ebola, 21 probable and 6 suspected, according to Health Minister Oly Ilunga."We have established surveillance mechanisms and are following all cases and contacts," he said. "The response is well organized because we have also put in surveillance measures at the entry and exit points of Mbandaka.

This Ebola outbreak is the DRC 's 9th known outbreak since 1976 As for the risk, Salama said WHO was especially concerned about the near-term spread of the disease, including to Mbandaka , the capital of Equateur province, which If you travel to or are in an area affected by an Ebola outbreak

The immediate risk was the outbreak spreading to the provincial capital Mbandaka , with about 1 million inhabitants. “Once Ebola gets into urban areas , especially poor urban slums, it’s extremely difficult to get rid of the disease.”

Ebola virus disease, which most commonly affects people and nonhuman primates such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees, is caused by one of five Ebola viruses. On average, about 50% of people who become ill with Ebola die.

The first human outbreaks of Ebola occurred in 1976, one in the north of what is now the DRC and in the region which is now South Sudan.

Humans can be infected by other humans if they come in contact with body fluids from an infected person or contaminated objects from infected persons. Humans can also be exposed to the virus, for example, by butchering infected animals.

West Africa experienced the largest recorded outbreak of Ebola over a two-year period beginning in March 2014; a total of 28,616 confirmed, probable and suspected cases were reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 11,310 deaths, according to the WHO.

CNN's Meera Senthilingam contributed to this report.

Ebola vaccinations begin in rural Congo on Monday: Ministry .
Congo's health ministry says Ebola vaccinations will begin Monday in the two rural areas where the latest deadly outbreak was declared this month. A vaccination campaign is already under way in Mbandaka, the city of 1.2 million on the Congo River where four Ebola cases have been confirmed. About 100 health workers have been vaccinated there as front-line workers face high risk from the virus, which is spread via contact with the bodily fluids of those infected, including the dead.

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