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Nigeria vigilant after DR Congo Ebola deaths: ministry

There's A New Ebola Outbreak In Central Africa Congo suffers eighth Ebola outbreak
Cris De Lacerda | 15 May, 2017, 19:55

Nigeria had 19 confirmed cases of Ebola and seven deaths during the epidemic.

"We have tightened all the 10 provinces, including those that do not border with the DRC, with Ebola preparedness and surveillance interventions to ensure alertness as a country", he said.

WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti on May 13 visited Kinshasa to discuss with national authorities and partners ways to mount a rapid, effective and coherent response in order to stop the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

Starting in March 2014, a massive Ebola outbreak spread through multiple countries including Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

At the MŽdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) isolation ward In Kampungu, in the health district of Luebo, a 43 year old patient who has been laboratory confirmed to have Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) is comforted by MSF Belgium Dr Hilde Declerck.

Three days prior, a team led by the DRC's Health Ministry began the trek to the Likati health zone to begin an investigation.

Till date, there is no approved vaccine to prevent the virus or treatment or cure. A study published in January in the medical journal BMJ reported that the world as a whole was "grossly underprepared" for any future disease outbreaks after researchers at the Graduate Institute of global and Development Studies in Switzerland analyzed reports from West Africa.

Médecins Sans Frontières, the United Nations Children's Fund and other worldwide organizations are standing by as well, WHO said last week.

Congo, whose dense forests contain the River Ebola near where the disease was first detected in 1976, has experienced many outbreaks and has mostly succeeded in containing them without large-scale loss of life.

The EU was at the forefront of the response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa in 2013-2016.

In January 2016, World Health Organization declared the end of a two-year Ebola epidemic across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea that led to 28,000 people being infected with the virus. In addition, two American nurses were infected after caring for a Liberian man who died from the virus in the hospital where they worked in Texas.