New Ebola outbreak kills four people in DR Congo - medics

Adewole also said his ministry presented an update on the state of public health in Nigeria at the FEC meeting.

That outbreak killed more than 11,300 people out of almost 29,000 registered cases, according to World Health Organization estimates, although the real figure is thought to be significantly higher.

Adewole explained, "Of course, of great concern to the Federal Executive Council is the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo".

Nigeria managed to escape the last Ebola outbreak with just 20 cases and eight deaths.

According to the ministry, it was on May 3, 2018 that the provincial health division of Equateur reported at the central level of the Ministry of Health 21 cases of fever with signs and 17 deaths in the Ikoko Impenge health area located in the province. However, the Congo has experienced nine Ebola outbreaks since the virus was discovered in the country in 1976.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is facing another episode of Ebola-related haemorrhagic fever.

Of the five samples analyzed, two were found to be positive for Ebola virus serotype Zaire by RT-PCR.

Dr Antony Nsiah Asare, Director General of the GHS, who confirmed receiving an alert form the World Health Organisation (WHO) added the country is putting all its surveillance in place.

Tthe deadly Ebola virus made a comeback to the continent after the Democratic Republic of Congo declared its presence on Tuesday. Ebola is thought to be spread by fruit bats.

"WHO is working closely with the government of the DRC to rapidly scale up its operations and mobilize health partners, using the model of a successful response to a similar... outbreak in 2017", it said in a statement.

The research was done in an attempt to assess why the global response to the Ebola pandemic was so sloppy and to fill those gaps before another disaster strikes.

The study pointed out that the clinical vaccine candidates will need to be focused on health care workers who are often involved in disease transmission, potentially in combination with the vaccination of patient contacts.

A study released past year also suggested disease "superspreaders" fueled the transmission of the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

An interval of as long as five months since the first infection would give the virus time potentially to have infected many people before action was taken to contain it.

At least two thirds of the victims who contracted the virus can be traced back to this small group.

  • Santos West