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Congo Ebola outbreak kills 17 but risk of spreading is 'very low'

11 May 2018

She said the decision to commence the screening has been ignited by the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where 17 people have been reported dead from the disease.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has alerted all health institutions following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on Tuesday May 8, 2018.

Serge Ngaleto, the director of Bikoro's main hospital said it had received four new suspected cases on Thursday, including two nurses who had treated others showing symptoms.

More than 11,000 people died in almost 30,000 confirmed cases in that outbreak, according to the World Health Organisation.

They are conducting tests, establishing a chronology of events, and working on identifying the reasons which could have led to this outbreak.

The worst Ebola epidemic ended in West Africa two years ago after 11,300 people and infecting about 28,600 across Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Eight people died, including Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevo, who first attended to Mr Sawyer and helped to ensure a more devastating outbreak was avoided in Nigeria.

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Ebola is a popular disease among the Nigerian locals as there were cases of the virus being reported in Nigeria - but was swiftly handled by the Nigerian authorities.

The ministry has also established the National Health Emergencies Council to expedite prevention of Ebola and other diseases.

Ebola is highly infectious and extremely lethal and caused chaos in West Africa back in 2013 to 2016.

Emergency teams have already been dispatched by WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières and Provincial Division of Health. It is in the DRC that the Ebola virus was discovered in 1976.

But Ikoko Impenge and Bikoro are situated not far from the banks of the Congo River, a major artery for trade and transport upstream from the capital Kinshasa.

We're well-practiced in responding to disease outbreaks, and are coordinating across government to support the World Health Organization in their leadership of the response.

The 2014 global Ebola response drew criticism for moving too slowly and prompted an apology from the WHO.

Congo Ebola outbreak kills 17 but risk of spreading is 'very low'