Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

  • Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

The families of the three patients are now being monitored and some of them have been vaccinated against the disease. "One of the men died at home and his body was brought back to the hospital for safe burial with the help of the MSF teams; the other was brought back to the hospital yesterday morning and he died during the night", Gray said in a statement.

"The government had already triggered the community committees so that communities can take the ownership and contribute, and they are going house to house to identify cases and to identify contacts.Starting from the Government leadership, everything is triggered", he said.

"In all three cases every effort was made by staff at the hospital to convince the patients - and their families - not to leave and to continue their treatment", Slater said.

Health ministry sources said that police officers were deployed to help track down the patients.

The UK is also helping to fund the rapid response through its major contributions to the UN's Central Fund for Emergencies, and the WHO's Contingency Fund for Emergencies, both of which have released $2 million to fund surveillance, diagnosis and treatment operations.

A spread of the disease in the crowded city would be catastrophic.

The Congo authorities are also concerned that the disease could spread to the capital, Kinshasa, which is linked to Mbandaka by the Congo river, a busy highway.

"It is unfortunate but not unexpected", Jasarevic told ABC News in an email today. "It is normal for people to want the loved ones to be at home during what could be the last moments of life".

Medical and health promotion teams are working to explain the symptoms of Ebola to the local population, Slater said.

Members of a Red Cross team don protective clothing before heading out to look for suspected victims of Ebola
KARSTEN VOIGT AP Members of a Red Cross team don protective clothing before heading out to look for suspected victims of Ebola in Mbandaka Congo

World Health Organization is accelerating its efforts with nine countries neighbouring Congo to try to prevent the current Ebola outbreak from spreading beyond the border, WHO's director for Africa said Wednesday. World Health Organization attributed the discrepancy to several issues, including communication delays in remote locations and constant reclassification of cases.

The region's ongoing Ebola outbreak was only in its second week when a single case was confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, the capital of the northwestern Equateur province.

Government officials are doctors are on high alert after two Ebola-infected patients left a hospital this week against strict recommendations, fueling fears that the virus might have spread even further.

A slide is pictured during a briefing for World Health Assembly (WHA) delegates on the Ebola outbreak response in Democratic Republic of the Congo at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2018.

Ebola first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and Congo, and the virus takes its name from a river in the latter.

MSF's Cabrol meanwhile voiced concern over "insufficient" efforts to inform affected communities about how to protect themselves against the highly infectious and extremely lethal virus, which spreads through contact with bodily fluids.

It will be important to watch if the epidemic jumps worldwide borders, spreads throughout the urban centre of Mbandaka, or spreads along the Congo River to other populations, he said. The WHO says that they have a total of 58 confirmed cases of the disease. The virus enters the body through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose or mouth.

At least 27 people have been killed so far, including two who escaped quarantine in Mbandaka, a city of 1.5 million, where health experts fear the disease will be most hard to halt.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO regional director for Africa, said the nine countries bordering Congo have initiated preparedness activities, which includes training health care workers and supplying clinics. Health workers have drawn up a list of 628 people who have had contact with known cases who will need to be vaccinated.