Congo announces 1st death amid Ebola outbreak

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Angola is taking measures to prevent the Ebola virus disease, following its outbreak in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a document issued by the Angolan Health Ministry here Friday.

Nigeria recorded its first case of Ebola in 2014 after a government official named Patrick Sawyer, who had been infected with the virus from Liberia, collapsed on arrival at the airport in country's biggest city, catching health authorities unaware.

Fortunately, the DRC, which has had more Ebola outbreaks than any other country, has developed effective ways of controlling the virus.

The worldwide humanitarian medical non-governmental organization also said, discussions are already underway with Congolese authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) to make the vaccines available. Some 462 million people are living in the areas affected by Ebola virus outbreaks, many of them in very remote rural areas. "All suspected cases are not necessarily cases of Ebola", he adds. The cases were unrelated to the epidemic in West Africa that year in which more than 11,000 people died.

"We know that coordinated early response will be critical containing this outbreak", he said, after signing off on the spending from the UN's emergency account, known as the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

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WHO has provided technical and operations support to the Ministry of Health and Partners in the activation of multi-partner multi-agency Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate the response at all levels. Around 50 per cent of patients die, according to the WHO.

On Friday, WHO said on Friday it hopes to deploy an experimental Ebola vaccine to tackle an outbreak in a remote area of Congo to prevent it spreading.

The province of Equateur has an estimated population of 2.5 million people with 284 registered health facilities.

World Health Organization said it doesn't at this time advise limits on travel and trade to the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is now facing its ninth Ebola outbreak since the virus was first discovered in that country in 1976.

World Health Organization and DRC also now monitor for signs that may indicate that the infectious disease is spreading to other areas. The virus is also spread through sexual contact. Contacts with the body fluids of an infected victim, including sweat or saliva, can cause a healthy person to contract the disease. The virus killed at least 11,000 people across six countries, including a single fatality in the U.S. The global response to that crisis was criticised for moving too slowly, prompting an apology from the WHO.

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