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Health360: Ebola returns to Africa ...World Health Organisation responds

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An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s north-western territory of Bikoro. There are 2 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in the affected area and 17 people have so far died in a suspected Ebola case, with the number expected to rise in the coming days.

Health officials have taken samples from 5 suspected Ebola cases to be tested at the Institute National de Recherche Biomedicale. A statement from the Ministry of Health says "our country is facing another epidemic of the Ebola virus, which constitutes an international public health emergency and a deployment of well-trained human resources is being made to rapidly control the outbreak".


A 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed over 11,000 people as it tore into Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Ebola, which has no proven cure, killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa from 2013-16 as it swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. 

WHO Responds:
A team of World Health Organisation (WHO) experts - alongside regional health officials and staff from international medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) - are travelling to Bikoro as part of a coordinated medical response. WHO released $1m from its contingency fund for emergencies to help Congo contain the virus. 
WHO is closely working with other partners, including MSF, to ensure a strong response to support the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to prevent and control the spreading of the disease from the epicentre

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