Ebola Outbreak Map

hospital director said on Thursday there are five new Ebola virus cases  in Congo’s northwestern town of Bikoro, where an outbreak of the often deadly Ebola virus hemorrhagic fever was declared this week.

Two nurses who were in contact with Ebola virus patients are among the suspected Ebola virus cases, Bikoro Hospital director Dr Serge Ngalebato told The Associated Press. Another is a woman from Ikoko Impenge, the epicenter of the outbreak some 30 kilometres from Bikoro, he said.



“We have isolated the Ebola virus patients. We are trying to stabilize all five Ebola virus  cases because there are no deaths yet, but all of the sick are presenting signs of fever, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and intense fatigue,” Ngalebato said.

Already two cases of the Zaire strain of Ebola virus have been confirmed in the region. This is the ninth Ebola virus outbreak in Congo since 1976, when Ebola virus was first identified.

There is no specific treatment for Ebola virus, which is spread through the bodily fluids of people exhibiting symptoms. Without preventive measures, Ebola virus can spread quickly between people and is fatal in up to 90 per cent of cases.

The director of the National Institute of Biological and Bacterial Research, Dr Jean Jacques Muyembe, said Wednesday that health experts should be able to quickly contain this outbreak because the area is so remote.

The two Ebola virus cases were confirmed after officials in the capital, Kinshasa, were alerted early this month to the deaths of 17 people from a hemorrhagic fever in recent weeks. There are various hemorrhagic fevers including Ebola virus.

The cases are likely linked to a policeman in the Bikoro health zone who presented Ebola virus symptoms of hemorrhagic fever and died in December, Muyembe said. His mother and 10 others then showed Ebola virus  symptoms.

None of the Ebola virus outbreaks in Congo was connected to the massive outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa that began in 2014 and left more than 11,300 dead.



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