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Health & Fit An Ebola case in a city of 1.2 million represents a dangerous new phase for the outbreak

20:56  17 may  2018
20:56  17 may  2018 Source:   businessinsider.com

WHO hopes to use Ebola vaccine to stem outbreak in remote area of Congo

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The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has entered a dangerous new phase . The DRC's Ministry of Health has announced that they've confirmed an Ebola case in Mbandaka, a city of

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has entered a dangerous new phase . The DRC's Ministry of Health has announced that they've confirmed an Ebola case in Mbandaka, a city of


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  • There's been a disturbing new development in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Health officials have confirmed that an infected person was found in a city of 1.2 million, meaning the disease spread beyond the town it was first spotted in.
  • This brings the total number of Ebola cases to 44, with 3 confirmed, 20 probable, and 21 suspected. There have been at least 23 deaths.
  • Ebola in an urban area is much more dangerous, as that dramatically increases the possibility that the disease could spread rapidly.


The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has entered a dangerous new phase.

UN, East Africa boost response as Ebola toll mounts in DR Congo

  UN, East Africa boost response as Ebola toll mounts in DR Congo World agencies and neighbouring countries on Friday hiked their response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the toll from the notorious disease mounted. A World Health Organization (WHO) emergency panel met in Geneva to determine whether the outbreak was "a public health event of international concern" -- a move that would step up global action.The death toll rose by two to 25 out of 45 cases, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters. Fourteen of the cases have been confirmed in laboratory tests.

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Share: Health officials have confirmed that an infected person was found in a city of 1 . 2 million , meaning Ebola spread beyond the town it was first spotted in. Ebola in an urban area is much more dangerous , as that dramatically increases the possibility that the disease could spread rapidly.

The DRC's Ministry of Health has announced that they've confirmed an Ebola case in Mbandaka, a city of 1.2 million that's more than 90 miles away from the small town where the initial cases were reported and confirmed.

Containing Ebola in a small region is much easier than stopping the spread of the disease in an urban area. The potentially disturbing thing about the initial cases, in the town of Bikoro, was that the town itself was on a lake connected to the Congo River, the second largest river in Africa, which connects to cities full of millions of people.

That meant an infected person could travel to a more populous area, potentially infecting more people and making rapid and hard-to-trace spread of the deadly virus possible. While it's unclear how much further the virus has spread, it's now confirmed that it at least reached an urban area.

Ebola in Congo not yet a global health emergency, WHO says

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Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreak has reached a populous city , health officials warned Wednesday, sparking Congo health minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said the outbreak had entered a “ new phase ,” after the virus was confirmed in the northwestern city of Mbandaka, home to some 1 . 2 million people.

An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has entered a " new phase " after the first urban case was confirmed in the city of Mbandaka.

That confirmation "is a game changer in this outbreak," Peter Salama, the World Health Organization (WHO) Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response, said on Twitter. "[T]he challenge just got much much tougher."

Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in Monrovia August 17, 2014. To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicentre of the virus, evoking the © Provided by Business Insider Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in Monrovia August 17, 2014. To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicentre of the virus, evoking the

Stopping the spread

The WHO is dispatching approximately 30 experts to conduct surveillance in the city and to help trace any contacts the infected patient may have had. Ideally, anyone who may have been exposed can be quarantined so they don't spread the disease any further.

As of May 15, this brings the total number of Ebola cases to 44, with 3 confirmed, 20 probable, and 21 suspected. There have been at least 23 deaths.

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The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has thus far been confined to remote rural areas, but one case has now been confirmed in Mbandaka, a city of almost 1 . 2 million people. “We are moving to a new phase of the epidemic

An Ebola outbreak in Congo has entered “a new phase ” after a case was detected for the first time in a city of a million people, the country’s government has said.

When the WHO first declared a new outbreak, an official told Stat it was possible the disease could have spread further than had been reported.

A team from Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors Without Borders, is helping coordinate responses on the ground in Congo, working with the WHO and local health officials. The WHO also sent more than 4,000 doses of an experimental vaccine to the region. It's possible that such a vaccine could work to halt the spread of the disease in a limited region, though it's not clear yet exactly how effective that is. But if the disease starts to spread in larger cities, many more vaccine doses would be needed.

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A dangerous virus with pandemic potential

Health officials try to immediately contain any Ebola outbreak before it turns into a deadly epidemic or pandemic, as the disease can spread rapidly.

Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever discovered in 1976 in Yambuku, Zaire, now the Congo. Fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks, with an average of about 50%.

Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

  Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus Congo's health ministry has announced six new confirmed cases of the Ebola virus and two new suspected cases while a vaccination effort enters its second day. Dozens of health workers in the northwestern provincial capital of Mbandaka have received vaccinations as the impoverished nation tries to contain the deadly virus in the city of more than 1 million. Thousands more vaccine doses are on the way.Dozens of health workers in the northwestern provincial capital, Mbandaka, have received vaccinations amid expectations that some will be deployed to the rural epicenter of the epidemic.

Officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have said the Ebola outbreak in the vast central African country has entered “a new phase ” after a case of the deadly virus was detected in the north-west city of Mbandaka.

NAIROBI — Congo has confirmed a case of Ebola in Mbandaka, a city of 1 . 2 million , marking the first urban case in the latest outbreak , which is now the most serious since the epidemic that raged across West Africa between 2014 and 2016.

Generally, an Ebola outbreak begins when humans encounter an infected animal, then spreads among humans through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids. Symptoms usually begin with fever, weakness, soreness, and headache, often followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, organ failure, and sometimes internal and external bleeding.

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa infected more than 28,600 people and killed more than 11,300. In the wake of that epidemic, the experimental vaccine being deployed in the DRC was developed.

It's possible but not yet clear that a WHO emergency committee will declare the situation a public health emergency of international concern as they meet tomorrow. The fact that the virus has reached a city shows that despite a quick initial response by health officials, the disease has not yet been contained.

"This is why I was more cautious than others in hailing the pace / progress of the early response," Ronald Klain, the Ebola response coordinator for the US government during the 2014 epidemic, said on Twitter. "We still don't know how serious a problem this outbreak will be, and how quickly key response elements will actually be IN PLACE (not just announced, en route, etc)."

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