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Red Alert! Ebola confirmed in Congo, Kenya issues warning

According to the World Health Organization on Sunday, May 14, a second case of Ebola was confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Eugene Kabambi the spokesman fro WHO in Congo spokesman said health officials were currently trying to trace 125 people believed to be linked to the identified cases in Bas-Uele province, a remote northeastern province near the border of the Central African Republic.

Mr Kabambi also confirmed that three people out of the 19 suspected and confirmed cases have died.

READ ALSO: Ebola Outbreak In Guinea – Two New Cases Confirmed

 It is still unclear how the first victim — only identified as a male — died, although the virus has been linked to infected bushmeat from bats and monkeys.
In response, Kenya’s health ministry on Tuesday, May 16, released an alert on the Ebola outbreak.

Jackson Kioko, the Director of Medical Services at the Ministry of Health  said the Kenyan government has reactivated the rapid response teams for enhanced surveillance and follow up of travelers with elevated body temperatures and asymptomatic cases with history of travel from DRC.

In a statement issued in Nairobi, Kioko said:

“We wish to assure Kenyans that there is no suspected case of Ebola virus in the country and they should remain vigilant.

“They should look out for any such illnesses and report to the nearest health facility without delay for immediate verification and investigation.” 

READ ALSO: 80-100 New Cases Of Ebola Are Being Reported Per Day In Sierra Leone

In 2014, African health made this deduction:

If you are in a room with someone infected with Ebola, you are not safe, even if you never touch them or their bodily fluids. 

This isnt good news if you live in Lagos. I think people should start wearing surgical masks until we are sure the virus is contained. Its better to be safe than sorry.

Ebola Facts:

  • Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
  • Fatality rate can reach 90%
  • Incubation period is two to 21 days
  • There is no vaccine or cure
  • Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery
  • Fruit bats are considered to be virus’ natural host

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