Congo declares new Ebola outbreak

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Congo's government on Tuesday declared a new outbreak of Ebola in the country's rural northwest, after two cases of the deadly virus were confirmed in Bikoro.

In his Twitter who said he received the confirmation of the outbreak from the officials of the Congo after two of the five samples analysed in Kinshasa tested positive for Ebola.A group of who experts and regional officers of health and staff of the global medical charity organization "doctors without borders" (MSF) sent to Bikoro as part of a coordinated medical response.

According to the country's Health Ministry, five samples were taken from suspected cases in Bikoro.

Congo's health ministry on Tuesday described the fresh outbreak as a "public health emergency with worldwide impact".

"We still dispose of the well trained human resources that were able to rapidly control previous epidemics", the statement continued.

The new cases were subsequently identified and delivered to the lab, Congo's authorities said.

"Since notification of the cases on 3 May, no deaths have been reported either among the (hospitalized) cases or the healthcare personnel", the health ministry's statement said.

This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in the country since the virus was discovered there in 1976.

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"What we will do is to set up an emergency operation center which will be chaired by Dr Babatunde Babasanya, who actually led our efforts in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea during the outbreak in 2014". Specialists have arrived to try to stop the virus spreading.

WHO said $1 million has been released from an emergency contingency fund, and more than 50 experts have been deployed to work with Congo's health workers.

That is often followed by vomiting and diarrhoea, skin eruptions, kidney and liver failure, and internal and external bleeding.

This does not mean the country is free from the virus especially when it is transmitted to humans through the contaminated bush meat. Congo has a long track record with Ebola, WHO said.

A growing concern regarding this deadly disease is related to the fact that it could spread through the air, as one infected person can pass it on to passengers on a flight.

rVSV-ZEBOV is a recombinant, replication-competent vesicular stomatitis virus-based candidate vaccine expressing a surface glycoprotein of Zaire Ebolavirus.

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