19 dead in Ebola outbreak in DRC

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   TREATMENT Some 4,000 doses of the treatment have arrived in the capital Kinshasa

DS TREATMENT Some 4,000 doses of the treatment have arrived in the capital Kinshasa

This would mean that when a new Ebola case is diagnosed, all people who might have been in recent contact with them are traced and vaccinated to try and prevent the disease's spread.

This is the DRC's ninth EVD outbreak since the virus was discovered in the country in 1976.

The resolutions were made following the adoption of a motion moved by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos-Central) at the plenary on Tuesday.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly also called for screening of passengers at the ports, adding that health institutions should be put on red alert because of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mrs Tinubu flashed back to the 2014 situation where a carrier immigrant from Liberia transferred the disease to Nigeria. Only two cases have been confirmed by lab tests.

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     DEADLY Ebola is highly infectious and can spread rapidly with high fatality rates
GETTY DEADLY Ebola is highly infectious and can spread rapidly with high fatality rates

"The senate is be reminded that the tide was stemmed by quick response of the Nigerian government vid declaration of emergency, collaboration of federal and states ministries of health, use of incidence management approach, identification and follow up contacts".

"Over the weekend, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported seven more suspected cases of Ebola, raising the totals from April 4 through May 13 to 39 confirmed, suspected, and probable cases, including 19 deaths, for a case-fatality rate of 49 percent".

"Unless we prepare our hospitals properly equipped with the ebola vaccine where necessary, this is an epidemic we might be unable to take up and will only cause untold hardship".

Information about the outbreak in Bikoro, Iboko and Wangata health zones in Equateur province is however still limited.

A total of 250,000 US dollars has been set aside for outbreak response activities by the Africa CDC, and member countries have been pledging support by contributing health workers.

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