World Health Organization preparing for the worst in DR Congo Ebola outbreak

Addis Ababa: The Ethiopian government said on Saturday that it is on high alert to counter the Ebola virus disease following an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this week.

Two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the latest outbreak in a remote northwestern part of Congo. The Ebola outbreak in 2014 was the largest to date and affected multiple countries in West Africa including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Congo's health minister on Thursday announced the first death since the outbreak was declared early this week, though the hemorrhagic fever blamed for the death has not been confirmed as Ebola. It also said it knew of three sick people in Mbandaka, the capital of Equateur province, where it is sending experts to investigate.

An Ebola pandemic quickly decimated West Africa between 2014 and 2016.

He said in as much as Ghana has the means to contain it should an outbreak be reported, the world is continuously becoming a global village so no one can take a chance and say it is far away. This includes the use of personal protective equipment when handling patients always. By this weekend, the first mobile lab at the outbreak site should be up and running, Salama said.

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The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has also mobilized doctors, sanitation and hygiene specialists, to help contain the spread of the disease.

In its update today, the World Health Organization said there are 15 hospital beds in Bikoro, and MSF is establishing an isolation unit at the site and has deployed four more mobile isolation units, each containing five beds. The virus killed at least 11,000 people across six countries, including a single fatality in the U.S. The worldwide response to that crisis was criticised for moving too slowly, prompting an apology from the WHO. It will be boosted by another million pounds ($1.35 million) from the United Kingdom government, Wellcome said in a statement.

The effort also requires a field epidemiology push to identify every case and every contact for vaccination, he said. "This is a highly complex sophisticated operation in one of the most hard terrains on earth", he said. The $252 million in cuts proposed by Trump is the amount remaining in that Obama-era package, according to a report in The Atlantic magazine - leaving nothing specifically allocated to deal with any future Ebola epidemic.

At this level, 80 percent of a population would need to be immunised to prevent outbreaks, even if a highly effective vaccine that protects 90 percent of individuals after vaccination was available.

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