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Fortunately, the DRC has a good track record of controlling Ebola outbreaks, and the government is working closely with the World Health Organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to bring the situation under control.

"Our country is faced with another epidemic of the Ebola virus, which is an worldwide emergency of public health", said the Ministry of health of the Congo.

It can be used to protect people who have had contact with Ebola victims, stopping the spread of disease, but that requires intensive contact tracing, which Salama said could take a week or two just for the cases already documented.

A new Ebola outbreak was declared on Tuesday by the DRC government, after two samples tested positive in Bikoro, Equateur Province.

At least 50 percent of those who contract the Ebola virus die within days.

After announcing the first confirmed death a day ago in a new outbreak of the virus, Congo's health minister said 11 other were confirmed to be infected, including three medical staff. The city is home to one million residents and only a few hours away from Bikoro, the area where the majority of cases have been reported.

WHO Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response Peter Salam made the announcement today.

Meanwhile, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock on Friday approved a $2 million expenditure to help UN agencies and partners to fight and contain the outbreak.

The Ghana Health Service Director said, the Service will continue to educate the public about the early signs which include fever, headache, muscle pain and chills as well as later symptoms where a person may experience internal bleeding resulting in vomiting or coughing blood.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki and her Tourism counterpart Najib Balala address the press after Ebola outbreak in DRC, May 11, 2018.

The NCDC, however, said it is now coordinating a national working group that is assessing and managing the risk to Nigeria.

This is DRC's ninth outbreak of Ebola since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976. World Health Organization does not at this time advise any restrictions on travel and trade to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "Local Red Cross staff and volunteers are embedded in numerous most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach communities and are key to provide awareness-raising, meticulous surveillance and a high degree of vigilance that are essential to detect and properly manage any new suspected Ebola cases".


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