Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Congo confirms one dead from Ebola, 11 others infected

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In a statement, Mrs. Yakubu said: "Following a fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, FAAN has re-assured passengers and other airport users of safety across its network of airports".

That would bring the total number of people reporting symptoms to 25, of whom at least 17 have so far died.

In December 2016, trials of an Ebola vaccine, with funders including Wellcome, DFID and the Norwegian Government, confirmed it provides a high level of protection against a strain of the deadly disease.

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"It's confirmed we have an outbreak of Ebola in DRC". The death toll in 2017 was restricted to four after the World Health Organization successfully set up a ground coordination support and an incident management system within 24 hours of the government declaring the outbreak. All of those could be traced back to Ikoko Impenge, about 60 km (37 miles) away from Bikoro, except for one from the next door hamlet of Pangi.

Africa's most populous country is taking no chances and health minister Isaac Adewole told CNN that people traveling from the Central African country where 17 people are suspected to have died from the viral hemorrhagic fever, will undergo temperature screening at all borders of the country. It is in the DRC that the Ebola virus was discovered in 1976.

23 killed after twin coal mine collapses in Pakistan
The Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation says that up to 200 mine workers die on average in mine accidents every year. Some labourers are reportedly still trapped under rubble of the mine, which collapsed due to a gas explosion.

It said they had already arrived in the regional capital Mbandaka, about 150 km away from the affected area.

Meanwhile, signs and symptoms typically start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, sore throat, muscular pain, and headaches.

Nigeria's immigration service said on Thursday it had increased screening tests at airports and other entry points as a precautionary measure following the Ebola outbreak in Congo.

Congo's long experience of Ebola and its vast, remote geography mean outbreaks are often localised and relatively easy to isolate and snuff out. Similar measures helped it contain the virus during the West African epidemic that began in 2013.

Ikoko Impenge is located in the northwestern portion of the country near the Congo River, which is a major trade and transportation route.

WHO released $1 million (£738,200) from an emergency contingency fund, has set up a coordination group and deployed more than 50 experts to work with the DRC government and health agencies.

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