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New Ebola virus  outbreak: 43 infected, 36 dead

Thousands in the region have been displaced by fighting between rebel groups and government forces.

People fleeing violence and crossing the border into neighboring countries, taking the infection with them, add additional risks, said Salama, adding that measures at crossing points are being implemented.

The main challenges during the previous Ebola outbreak in Equateur province involved tracing anyone who had come into contact with suspected carriers of the disease. In some cases, WHO staff had to travel hundreds of miles on a motorbike to do this work, said Salama.

That brings the total number of deaths in the latest outbreak to 36, according to the Health Ministry.

“The bad news is that this strain of Ebola carries with it the highest case-fatality-rate of any of the strains of Ebola, anywhere above 50% and higher, according to previous outbreaks,” he said. “So, it’s the most-deadly variant of the Ebola virus strains that we have, that’s the bad news. The good news is that we do have — although it’s still an investigational product — a safe and effective vaccine, that we were able to deploy last time around.”

A total of 43 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in North Kivu province, of which 16 are confirmed and 27 are probable, said the ministry. Authorities are investigating an additional 46 suspected cases, according to the ministry.

According to WHO, this outbreak, which is in an active conflict zone, will be more complicated to contain than any that came before.

Vaccinations for the current outbreak in North Kivu began Wednesday, a spokesman for WHO confirmed, stating that “around 40 health workers are expected to be vaccinated today; by end of the week, once all the necessary steps are in place, vaccination of community contacts and their contacts will commence.”

A total of 43 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in North Kivu province, of which 16 are confirmed and 27 are probable, said the ministry. Authorities are investigating an additional 46 suspected cases, according to the ministry.

Containing the deadly virus amid the high level of insecurity in the Kivus could prove to be even more challenging, he added.

WHO is working with partners in the local communities to provide information to residents on how to protect themselves from the deadly virus and answer their questions — steps that are crucial to control an outbreak, said WHO.http://www.kmov.com/story/38835308/new-ebola-outbreak-in-democratic-republic-of-congo-43-infected-36-dead?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 


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