Ebola Outbreak Kills 14 in Congo
The Ebola outbreak that is lurking the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo has kiled 14 over the past week.
Reports say a total of 28 cases, including 14 deaths, had been reported from the Haut-Uélé district, in the country's north-east. Three of the deaths were health care workers in the district's capital, Isiro.
To respond to the alarming news, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is collaborating with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to control the outbreak.
WHO recently deployed epidemiologists and logisticians to support the DRC's Ministry of Health. The health agency is working closely with partners such as Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to coordinate response efforts, monitor the situation, and provide information and awareness of the disease to the public.
The deadly Ebola virus in western Uganda has killed 17 people since the beginning of July.
Reports say 20 cases have been reported which sparked fear in the community and led people to flee their homes.
With the notification from the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in the Kibaale district, a team of experts from the health agency and its partners expressed support to Ugandan Government's response to the deadly outbreak.
According to WHO, a team of experts from the Ministry of Health, WHO and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now in Kibaale district to support the response operations.
Uganda has previously experienced outbreaks of Ebola fever, but the most recent outbreak was declared over in early 2008.
In 2000 the disease killed 224 people and left hundreds more traumatized in Uganda.
The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, secretions, other bodily fluids or organs of infected persons or animals. It has an incubation period of two to 21 days.
Sufferers with the virus can experience fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat, as well as vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes and impaired kidney and liver function.
Ebola virus was first reported in 1976 in Congo and is named for the river where it was recognized.
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