A major new report out of the Congo is raising major worries about a new Ebola epidemic.
An alarming new report out of the Congo in Africa has authorities worried about a new Ebola epidemic. One person has been confirmed dead from Ebola in the northern Congo, and health authorities believe there are as many as nine cases, and maybe two other deaths, the World Health Organization said recently.
The Congo is located in south central Africa and many miles from where the recent Ebola outbreak occurred in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia in West Africa. Authorities have confirmed one case of hemorrhagic fever out of five tested since the outbreak was first reported on April 22.
It’s an opportunity to test out the experimental Ebola vaccine that was developed during the West African crisis. About 300,000 doses are available in an emergency situation, which this latest incident could prove to be if it continues to spread.
Speaking at the meeting, Dr Moeti said, according to a WHO statement: “I am here to assure the government of DR Congo that in collaboration with the UN system and other partners, we will work together to respond to this outbreak. WHO has already mobilized technical experts to be deployed on the ground and is ready to provide the leadership and technical expertise required to mount a coordinated and effective response. I encourage to public to work with the health authorities and take the necessary preventive measures to protect their health.”