New Ebola outbreak in the DRC


"(The) Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) will also consider sending some team to DRC as part of building capacity for managing the outbreak", he added. It can be transmitted by close contact with infected animals or people, usually through blood or other bodily fluids.

Ebola, named for the Congolese river near where it was first identified in 1976, begins with a sudden fever, aching muscles, diarrhea and vomiting.

The Ministry of Health of the DRC informed the World Health Organization (WHO) that two out of five samples collected from five patients tested positive for Ebola at the Institut National de Recherche Biom├ędicale (INRB) in Kinshasa.

The WHO said it has obtained 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine and is preparing for deployment in the DRC, its Africa director said on Sunday. "We are working with our partners to send more staff, equipment and supplies to the area", Xinhua quoted Tedros WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as saying.

"I'm in contact in the Minister of health and have assured him that we're ready to do all that's needed to stop the spread of Ebola quickly". Information about the outbreak in Bikoro, Iboko and Wangata health zones in Equateur province was still limited, the WHO said in a statement.

"However, any country facing such a threat may require global assistance".

Unfortunately, there's now no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, although researchers are working on potential new vaccines an drug therapies that are being developed and tested.