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Immigration Service imposes airport screenings over fresh Ebola outbreak in

Immigration Service imposes airport screenings over fresh Ebola outbreak in

At least 17 people have died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

The outbreak declaration was made after laboratory results confirmed two cases of Ebola out of a sample of five suspected patients, World Health Organization said.

Ebola, a deadly and fast-spreading disease, kills its sufferers in days.

None of the Ebola outbreaks in Congo have been connected to the massive outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa that began in 2014 and left more than 11,300 dead.

While rehydration and symptomatic treatment improve the survival rates of people infected with the virus, no treatment can eliminate the virus to date, says the WHO.

Eight people died, including Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevo, who first attended to Mr Sawyer and helped to ensure a more devastating outbreak was avoided in Nigeria.

According to him: "Of great concern to FEC is the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo". The outbreak declaration occurred after laboratory results confirmed two cases of Ebola. The disease was discovered in 1976 and named after the eponymous Ebola River that cuts across the north of the country.

More experts in a multidisciplinary team from WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières and Provincial Division of Health are expected to reach the area for further analysis and prevention of spread.

The WHO is now working with the Congo's government and released $1 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to scale and mobilize an emergency response to contain the current outbreak. "Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease", he added. Screening had been stepped up since the latest outbreak in Congo. It is transmitted to people from wild animals and can be spread from human to human.

At the start of February, vaccination efforts began in states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, seeking to immunize 19.7 million people against yellow fever, for which cases have been rising since previous year, Xinhua news agency reported.

The 2014 worldwide Ebola response drew criticism for moving too slowly and prompted an apology from the WHO.


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