Ethiopia on high alert following Ebola outbreak in DRC

FAAN assures of preparedness

FAAN assures of preparedness

World Health Organisation has classified Nigeria and other countries on the continent at "moderate risk of spread" of Ebola virus disease after an outbreak was confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Health officials suspect that the high case fatality rate means there may be more Ebola cases already out there in DRC and some places in the central sub-Saharan Africa, and that this outbreak could have been simmering, undetected for some time.

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At least two people have tested positive for the virus since and at least five others, including two nurses, have possibly been infected and are being monitored.

On Friday, the health ministry announced one new suspected case in Bikoro and a second in the Iboko health zone.

Given the remote location of the outbreak, Salama said, response efforts will be extremely challenging.

It is "absolutely a dire scene in terms of infrastructure" as medical teams try to contain the outbreak in a region with poor water and sanitation, few paved roads and little electricity, he said.

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He said World Health Organization staff were in the team that first identified the outbreak, adding that the organisation was working with its partners to send more staff, equipment and supplies to the area.

The Ebola virus disease, which affects people and nonhuman primates such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees, is caused by one of five Ebola viruses.

The organisation, also on its Twitter handle @WHO, said that mobile laboratory materials have been shipped to strengthen the rapid analysis of samples from Bikoro, the Ebola-affected area in DR Congo. A new experimental vaccine has been shown to be highly effective, though quantities are now limited. That drug must be stored at subzero temperatures.

So far, no case of Ebola has been reported in Angola.

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