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More Ebola cases detected in DR Congo

How the Ebola virus attacks

At least 17 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo where health personnel confirmed an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease.

Between 2013 and 2016 Ebola has killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa, mainly in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria.

A source at the airport confirmed the development to our correspondent, saying, "Though relevant authorities especially the Port Health Services desk have been doing their job but with the directive coming from the government and the outbreak of the disease in Congo, all hands are now more on deck to arrest any eventuality".

"Of course of great concern to the Federal Executive Council is the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo". The birds can host the virus without dying. The outbreak lasted just 42 days and global aid teams were praised for their prompt responses.

The outbreak occurred in Bikoro, on the shores of Lake Tumba.

Nigeria managed to escape the last Ebola outbreak with just 20 cases and eight deaths.

"But, what is also particularly important was that on Monday, blood samples from five patients in a particular district in DRC, in two of the five cases, Ebola was actually confirmed".

The Nigerian government on Wednesday said it was acting to prevent the spread of Ebola from the vast central African country.

"I think it is an epidemic that we will quickly master".

The WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières and Provincial Division of Health traveled today to Bikoro in an effort to stem the outbreak.

World Health Organization will be deploying epidemiologists, logisticians, clinicians, infection prevention and control experts, risk communications experts and vaccination support teams in the coming days in addition to supplying technical needs such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The WHO is now working with the Congo's government and released $1 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to scale and mobilize an emergency response to contain the current outbreak.

This is DRC's ninth outbreak of Ebola since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976. It was named after the Ebola River. All the neighbouring countries have been alerted.

Ebola is often fatal if untreated. The fatality rate stays at 50 per cent.

Ebola spreads to humans from animals such as bats, monkeys etc.

DR Congo declared the outbreak of the Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Bikoro in the northwestern Equateur province on Tuesday.