Reported cases of Ebola rise to 42 in Congo –Ministry

The Democratic Republic of Congo reported 42 cases of the Ebola virus disease in the ongoing outbreak , Jessica Ilunga , spokeswoman for the country’ s Ministry of Public Health said on Tuesday.
The DRC ministry of health publicly declared the beginning of the EVD epidemic on May 8 .
The World Health Organisation in a press statement on Monday said that April 4 through May 13, a total of 39 Ebola virus disease cases had been reported in DRC , including 19 deaths .

“ The latest numbers until May 13, 2018 are : 42 cases , including two confirmed ; 21 probable and 19 suspected.
“ Majority of the cases are in the health zone of Bikoro ; others are reported in the health zones of Iboko and Wangata , ” Ilunga said .
The spokeswoman added that all people with confirmed or suspected EVD would be moved to the Ebola treatment centres as soon as the facilities were ready .
Ilunga stated that a key feature of the government ’ s response to the current Ebola outbreak would be vaccination .
The WHO is expected to send 4 , 000 doses of Ebola vaccine to DRC in the near future .
This will be the first time that DRC includes vaccination in its national EVD response plan .
The spokeswoman noted that government was trying to prevent the spread of EVD by carrying out screening tests at the airports and other entry points to Mbandaka , capital of the Equateur Province .
The Ebola – hit Bikoro, Iboko , and Wangata health zones are located in the Equateur province .
“ In order to prevent the spread of the virus to the neighbouring urban centres , the ministry has set up surveillance checks at all entry points of the city of Mbandaka .
Now our health agents monitor the temperature of all people travelling to and from Mbandaka by air , sea and land .
Furthermore , the ministry is working with health authorities in other urban centres near Mbandaka , including Kinshasa and Kisangani, to prepare contingency plans in these cities as well , ” Ilunga said .
This is the DRC ’ s ninth EVD outbreak since the virus was discovered in the country in 1976 .

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