Confirmed Ebola cases in Congo spikes to 39

16 May, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Earnest Bishop
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There is no specific treatment for the virus, and it can prove fatal in up to 90 percent of cases.

When was it first diagnosed?

World Health Organization has released $1 million U.S. dollars from the contingency fund for emergencies, the United Nations has released $2 million USA dollars from the Central Emergency Response Funds, and the Welcome Trust has provided 2 million pounds sterling for critical research needs.

19 deaths have been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo following the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. The 393 close contacts now under surveillance for symptoms of Ebola would likely be the first recipients of the vaccine. That work is vital both to encourage people to agree to be vaccinated and to figure out if any local practices are increasing the risk the virus will spread.

Three health professionals have already been infected with suspected Ebola, one of whom has died.

A further 362 people at risk have been identified using contact tracing, said Dr. Ibrahima-Soce Fall, WHO regional emergency director for Africa. Based on current estimates, the World Health Organization said the DRC will likely require $18 million U.S. for a 3-month operation. Humans may also become infected as a result of handling bushmeat.

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The disease - most feared for the internal and external bleeding it can cause in its victims owing to damage done to blood vessels - has already spread to three locations covering 60 km (37 miles) or more in Equateur province.

After-effects have often been observed in survivors, including arthritis, problems with vision, eye inflammation and hearing difficulties.

The global health agency announced last week its plans to send the vaccine, developed in 2016 by the pharmaceutical company Merck. Early care with rehydration may boost the chance of survival. "We have better weapons this time".

They use rigorous protocols to protect medical personnel with disposable full-body suits, masks, goggles and gloves and disinfecting sprays. Health teams have also been deployed to trace back the contacts of those people who might carry the virus and establish isolation wards. Enlisting the support of the community through awareness campaigns is vital.

Gashumba revealed there is a constant screening system at Kigali International Airport to track the outbreak from people coming from overseas to make sure the disease does not spread in the country while more operations are intensively being done on the country's borders.

The WHO has estimated that the budget for the response to the outbreak over a 3 month period will be $18 million.

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