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First Death in New Ebola Outbreak Confirmed in Congo

First Death in New Ebola Outbreak Confirmed in Congo”

There have been two confirmed cases of the Ebola virus disease in the DRC, WHO Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response Emergency Preparedness and Response Peter Salama told Anadolu Agency in Geneva on Friday.

The WHO has already reported 32 suspected or confirmed cases, including 18 deaths, between April 4 and May 9, 2018.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the DR Congo's Government to contain the viral outbreak.

Congo's health ministry on Tuesday, May 8, described the fresh outbreak as a "public health emergency with global impact".

"There is no case of Ebola in Kenya and indeed we have intervention measures just in the event that anything occurs", she said, adding that the Ministry has in the meantime formed National Emergency Council in a move meant to prevent any importation of the disease into the country.

The response "is going to be extremely challenging, and very costly", he said.

The local culture, with traditional healers and communal burials where there was close contact with the deceased, could cause "super-spreading" of Ebola, which kills up to 90 percent of sufferers, he said.

"One of the defining features of this epidemic is the fact that three health professionals have been affected", health minister Oly Ilunga said in a statement.

"It is an experimental vaccine that has to be kept between negative 60 and negative 80 [degrees] Celsius".

Kenya which relies heavily on tourist dollars from visits to game reserves, Coastal beaches and popular Safaris was negatively impacted in 2014 when Ebola outbreak was first announced in the country, and hurting tourism industry which was already reeling from a spate of attacks by Islamists, including 2013 attack on the upscale Westgate mall and separate incidents on the coast.

"The 32 cases include 3 healthcare workers, including 1 who has died", Salama said.

Adewole noted that the Port Health services unit has been placed on red-alert and will heighten screening measures at ports of entry.Adewole stated that government had strengthened the nation's health security infrastructur e to effectively prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases including Ebola.

"The cold chain is on standby, the stockpile is on standby, the teams have been put on standby including up to 40 people that conducted the initial ring vaccination trial in Guinea".



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