A news release has been issued by the “World Health Organization” of an Ebola outbreak. Government officials are quickly trying to get a handle on the tragic events.
The Government officials of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced on May 8 that there was a new outbreak of the Ebola virus.
After laboratory results had returned, there have been two cases of the virus in the province of Bikoro. Two of the five samples collected had five patients test positive for the virus at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in Kinshasa while more samples are being collected.
"Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and partners to reduce the loss of life and suffering related to this new Ebola virus disease outbreak," Dr. Peter Salama, “WHO” Deputy Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response, said. "Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease."
This is the ninth outbreak of Ebola since 1979. Just in the past five weeks, there have been 21 suspected viral hemorrhagic fevers, including 17 deaths.
Today, several team members from "WHO" are traveling to Bikoro to coordinate and investigate the outbreak. Bikoro is located about 18 miles from the health centers in and has very limited sources. The team is relying on international organizations to offer medical supplies.
“We know that addressing this outbreak will require a comprehensive and coordinated response. WHO will work closely with health authorities and partners to support the national response. We will gather more samples, conduct contact tracing, engage the communities with messages on prevention and control, and put in place methods for improving data collection and sharing,” Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the "WHO" Regional Director for Africa, said.
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