Three people die of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Three people die of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Published: 2017 May 12 15:31:35 (4969 Views)
An Ebola epidemic has been declared in the northeast region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The World Health Organisation says three deaths are being linked to the virus, and it is taking the situation "very seriously".

One of those killed had tested positive for Ebola after coming down with a haemorrhagic fever last month in Bas-Uele, a province which borders the Central African Republic.

Spokesman Eric Kabambi said: "The case is in a very remote zone, very forested, so we are a little lucky."



The DRC suffered a three-month outbreak of Ebola in 2014. Although it was quickly contained, 49 people were killed.

Ebola occasionally jumps from animals including bats and monkeys to humans - and without preventative measures, the virus can spread quickly between people.

The virus is fatal in up to 90% of cases, and the WHO recently developed an experimental vaccine for use in emergencies.

In a statement, the DRC's health ministry said: "Our country must confront an outbreak of the Ebola virus that constitutes a public health crisis of international significance."



Source - Sky News

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