Person infected with Ebola in Congo has died: United Nations health agency

Elias Hubbard
May 15, 2017

An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo that began April 22 has resulted in at least one death and possibly two others, according to the World Health Organization.

Liberia was only declared free of active Ebola virus transmission last June.

The Ebola virus was confirmed in a lab in Kinshasa.

Three people have so far died among the 19 suspected and confirmed cases, he added. There were three deaths, including the patient who tested positive.

A 2007 outbreak of this strain in Congo had a fatality rate of 74%, claiming 200 lives. Experts predicted the vaccine could be 80 per cent effective when deployed across an entire population.

"WHO and partners are supporting the ministry of health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Ebola response DRC". The zone is some 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) from the capital, Kinshasa.

The team included epidemiologists, biologists and specialists in the areas of social mobilization, risk communication, community engagement and water, hygiene and sanitation, said Dr. Allarangar Yokouidé, a World Health Organization representative.

Ebola occasionally jumps from animals including bats and monkeys to humans - and without preventative measures, the virus can spread quickly between people. Clinical trials of an experimental vaccine are ongoing in West Africa. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has not been called in to help. The CDC has a team in the country working on a monkeypox vaccine trial, she said. The country has been hit by Ebola about nine times in all. Almost 29,000 total cases, 15,000 of which were confirmed in a lab, were reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in what was the deadliest outbreak of the disease in history. We always take this very seriously."The last outbreak of Ebola in Congo was in 2014 and killed 42 people".

An unrelated outbreak in West Africa killed over 11,300 people between 2014 and 2016.

So far, the health directorate of the DRC has declared the outbreak a "public health crisis of global significance" calling on citizens to help authorities locate persons who may be showing signs of the virus.

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