Ebola OUTBREAK: Killer disease TERROR as 20 die in one town alone

Thursday, August 2, 2018
By Paul Martin

A FRESH outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has been confirmed in central Africa — just days after the disease’s spread was said to have been halted.

By Anthony Blair
2nd August 2018

Four people have tested positive for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), while 20 have died from a related haemorrhagic virus in the country.

The country’s health ministry has scrambled a team of experts to the contagion zone around the town of Mangina in the northeast of the country, 100km from the Ugandan border.

It comes just days after another Ebola outbreak — which killed 33 people in the northwest of the DRC — was declared to be over.

The country’s health ministry said the team of 12 experts will arrive in the area on Thursday to set up a mobile lab.

Staff and supplies have already been scrambled to the area by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Ebola is thought to be spread over long distances by bats and is often passed on to humans in bush meat sold at markets.

It causes haemorrhagic fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.

More than 11,300 people died in an Ebola outbreak between 2013 and 2016 in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

The head of WHO, Teros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “Ebola is a constant threat in DRC.”

He went on: “We will fight this one as we did the last.”

But efforts to stop the spread of the disease may be worsened by the violence in the region.

The region of North Kivu where the cases have happened is deeply unstable, with over one million displaced refugees.

Governor Julien Paluku has begged for order.

On Wednesday, he tweeted: “Ebola virus confirmed in North Kivu. I call for calm and prudence.”

Peter Salama from WHO said: “This is an active conflict zone. The major barrier will be safely accessing the affected population.”

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