First Ebola death, 11 additional cases confirmed in Congo

Desiree Steele
May 11, 2018

Zambia on Thursday announced heightened surveillance measures following fresh outbreak of Ebola in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Correction from The Associated Press: Neither the death nor the new cases have been confirmed as Ebola, according to Congo's health ministry, who say that there are a total of nine new cases, not 11, as previously reported.

This is DRC's ninth outbreak of EVD since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976. previously reported that Ebola deadly virus, that raged in some West African countries several years ago, has staged a return in northwest part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), killing 17 people. A majority of the cases of Ebola have been recorded around the village of Ikoko Impenge. The number of confirmed cases of Ebola has risen to 25.

Africa's most populous country is taking no chances and health minister Isaac Adewole told CNN that people traveling from the Central African country where 17 people are suspected to have died from the viral hemorrhagic fever, will undergo temperature screening at all borders of the country. DRC's health ministry said that it had sent a team of 12 experts to find the epicenter of the outbreak and the affected villages, and trace the new contacts of the disease.

"Our country is facing another epidemic of the Ebola virus, which constitutes an global public health emergency", the ministry said in a statement.

Ebola is most feared for the internal and external bleeding it can cause in its victims owing to damage done to blood vessels.

Meanwhile, signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, sore throat, muscular pain, and headaches.

Nigeria, Guinea and Gambia have heightened screening measures at borders as a precautionary measure.

It has also confirmed that there are 11 other people that are now infected with Ebola.

Congo's long experience of Ebola and its remote geography mean outbreaks are often localised and relatively easy to isolate.

But Ikoko Impenge and Bikoro lie not far from the banks of the Congo River, an essential waterway for transport and commerce, downstream of which lie both Kinshasa and Brazzaville, capital of neighbouring Congo Republic.

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