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Ebola outbreak declared in northeast DR Congo

Ebola outbreak declared in northeast DR Congo

A spokesman for the UN's World Health Organization on Friday (12 May) confirmed that one person, who tested positive to the virus in a laboratory, had died in the Central African nation.

More than 11,000 people died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014-2015, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Ebola is no longer an "extraordinary" health event, the World Health Organisation has said.

Six people remain hospitalized with the unsafe virus, which can cause hemorrhagic fever.

"Our country must confront an outbreak of the Ebola virus that constitutes a public health crisis of worldwide significance", the Reuters news agency quoted the Congo Health Ministry as saying in a statement, confirming the death of a man who had the virus.




The WHO said the outbreak affects an equatorial forest region in Bas-Uele province, bordering Central African Republic.

The deadly hemorrhagic fever was first detected in its dense tropical forests in 1976 and named after the nearby river Ebola.That experience helped Congolese authorities respond effectively to an outbreak in 2014 that killed 49 people.

"Our country must confront an outbreak of the Ebola virus that constitutes a public health crisis of global significance", the ministry said.

A conference call between DRC and vehicle officials, as well as World Health Organization experts, had taken place, Kabambi said, during which auto officials confirmed that they too were taking preventative measures along the border.

The committee reported: "All three countries have now completed the 42 day observation period and additional 90 day enhanced surveillance period since their last case that was linked to the original chain of transmission twice tested negative".

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