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Response to Congo’s new Ebola outbreak ‘highly complex’ | Lexington Herald Leader

Response to Congo’s new Ebola outbreak ‘highly complex’ | Lexington Herald Leader

The type of Ebola in the latest outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is the Zaire strain which has been successfully vaccinated against in past flare-ups, the health ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

"What adds to our confidence in the country's ability to respond is the transparency they have displayed once again", Tedros added. The health ministry is investigating reports of viral hemorrhagic fever.

Travel into and out of the Mangina has been blocked.

There was no indication the two outbreaks, separated by more than 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles), are related, Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga said in a statement.

Jose Barahona, Oxfam country director for the DRC, said the outbreak presented a serious risk to communities in Beni, where thousands of people are already facing hardship. Health officials said a quick worldwide response and vaccinations of more than 3,300 people were major factors in containing the outbreak.




The Ministry of Health noted that therapeutic treatments are still in country from the last outbreak, but the species of this Ebola virus has yet to be determined. The National Institute of Biomedical Research in Kinshasa confirmed that samples from four hospitalized patients tested positive for Ebola.

The Government was quick to provide public updates, with press releases on 30 July and 1 August. "When the provincial medical teams have looked back. they have noted cases that could be consistent with Ebola that began even in May but it's far too early to say", Salama said. "This allows us to have a head start in response to this cluster".

Cases emerged in the northwestern city of Mbandaka, a city and transport hub on the Congo River with a population of more than a million.

"This is an active conflict zone", Peter Salama, the World Health Organization deputy director-general for emergency response, said in a statement, calling the region very different from where the last outbreak occurred. "It is, on the other hand, worrying that this area is a conflict zone.It is an area with lots of displacement, so the access can be hampered in that way".


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