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Democratic Republic of Congo Confirms New Ebola Cases

Democratic Republic of Congo Confirms New Ebola Cases

All nine countries that neighbour DRC have been alerted over the possible spread of Ebola - and worldwide aid teams have been flown into the country to help.

Cases have already been reported in three separate locations around Bikoro, and Mr Salama warned there was a clear risk the disease could spread to more densely populated areas.

At a media briefing in Geneva, Peter Salama, MBBS, MPH, said the outbreak area near Bikoro-located about 174 miles from the provincial capital city of Mbandaka-has few paved roads and little electricity, and now the only way to get supplies in is by motorbike.

However, research by Kent University suggests a drive to vaccinate the entire population wouldn't be an effective way of stopping the disease spread.

The response "is going to be extremely challenging, and very costly", he said. Roughly 29,000 cases were registered from March 2014 to March 2016 in what was the largest Ebola outbreak to date. Tedros said the organisation is working with its partners to send more staff, equipment, and supplies to the affected area.

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"This situation worries us and requires a very immediate and energetic response", he said at a news conference. "Local Red Cross staff and volunteers are embedded in numerous most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach communities and are key to provide awareness-raising, meticulous surveillance and a high degree of vigilance that are essential to detect and properly manage any new suspected Ebola cases".

The Service is, therefore, calling on the public to be cautious of their health and revive all known preventive measures to avert any possible outbreak in Ghana.

"This is a highly complicated, sophisticated operation in one of the most hard terrains on earth", Salama said.

The virus is endemic to DRC, and causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. There is no specific treatment for Ebola, which is spread through the bodily fluids of people exhibiting symptoms. Ebola is fatal in about 50 per cent of cases.

Africa's most populous country is taking no chances and Health Minister Isaac Adewole told CNN that people traveling from the Central Africa country where 17 people are suspected to have died from the viral hemorrhagic fever, will undergo temperature screening at all borders of the country. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.