DR Congo Ebola outbreak: World Health Organization holds crisis talk as cases spread

DR Congo Ebola outbreak: World Health Organization holds crisis talk as cases spread

So far, 23 people have reportedly died and until Thursday, there were more than 40 suspected or confirmed cases.

The new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of almost 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Congo, the World Health Organization confirmed Thursday, CNN reported.

The risk to countries in the region is now determined as "high", but the global risk remains "low".

Similarly, the European Commission has released around 1.6 million euros (1.9 million dollars) to help tackle an Ebola outbreak in Congo, as well as organising flights to transport emergency staff and equipment to the affected areas.

Moreover, WHO has deployed 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines in DRC and more of the vaccines should reach DRC in the coming days.

"At present, this event does not meet the criteria of a public health event of worldwide concern", who said.

"One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of almost 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo", the UN's health agency said in a statement.

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The spread of the virus from rural areas into a city has raised fears it could quickly spread and become harder to control.

She said her ministry would continue to monitor the situation at all levels and will update the public as the epidemic unfolds.

Salama also noted Mbandaka's proximity to neighboring countries, including Central African Republic and Republic of Congo. World Health Organization noted that it continues to monitor travel and trade measures in relation to this event, and now there are no restrictions on global traffic in place. But "urban Ebola can result in an exponential increase in cases in a way that rural Ebola struggles to do".

A total of 44 cases of Ebola have been reported in Congo in this outbreak: three confirmed, 20 probable and 21 suspected, according to WHO.

"This is a concerning development, but we now have better tools than ever before to combat Ebola", Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said of the new urban case. One challenge will be keeping the vaccine cold in a region with poor infrastructure and patchy electricity. Ebola is a highly infectious disease spread through contact with even small amounts of bodily fluid of an infected person.

There was a serious outbreak of Ebola in Africa between 2014 and 2015, with the crisis mainly affecting Guinea, Libera and Sierra Leone.

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