Town rocked by 11 new Ebola cases in deadly virus SURGE

Friday, May 18, 2018
By Paul Martin

A TOWN in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been rocked by 11 new cases of Ebola, the health ministry said this morning.

By David Rivers
18th May 2018

A spokeswoman for the ministry said the 11 cases had been identified in the town of Bikoro.

WHO this morning reported 24 “probable or suspected” Ebola deaths and one confirmed fatality resulting from the outbreak in the African country.

Bosses are frantically trying to contain the outbreak after it spread to the city of Mbandaka, which has a population of 1.2million.

WHO will today hold an emergency meeting, where it will consider declaring the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern”.

If this is declared, it would trigger more international involvement

Last week, WHO deputy director-general of prepareness and response, Peter Salama, said: “The number of suspected, probable and confirmed cases is significant, so we are very concerned, and we are planning for all scenarios, including the worst-case scenario.”

And health ninister Oly Illunga Kalenga added: “We are entering a new phase of Ebola outbreak that is now affecting three health zones, including an urban health zone.

“Since the announcement of the alert in Mbandaka, our epidemiologists are working in the field to identify people who have been in contact with suspected cases.”

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