2nd Ebola case confirmed among 20 suspected in Congo

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says it has taken measures to effectively respond to the recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

He said that the ministry has reactivated the multiagency outbreak coordination committee comprising of public health experts in government and development partners to assess the situation.

Ebola virus remains predominant in Africa, with this being the seventh outbreak in DRC alone.

The doctors, subsequently, appealed to all health teams to refresh their knowledge on clinical presentation of the scourge, apply universal basic precautions in patients' care and employ standard protocols of management and reporting of suspected cases. More than 10,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in more than two years of war, which has also destroyed much of the country's infrastructure.

Speaking at the meeting, Dr Moeti said: "I am here to assure the government of DR Congo that in collaboration with the United Nations system and other partners, we will work together to respond to this outbreak". There are possibilities that Ebola Outbreak may leave the border of the country as well.

The WHO has not yet imposed any travel restrictions for the area in which the cases were discovered, but it confirmed in a press release the investigation into the outbreak's severity was ongoing.

Authorities in the DR Congo will need to act quickly to contain the virus, and ensure it doesn't spread to more populated areas.

In these early days of the outbreak our priority must be to maintain close and efficient coordination with the national authorities, the WHO, EU Member States, worldwide partners and NGOs on the ground.

The report also confirmed that GAVI Global Vaccine Alliances have said that nearly 300,000 doses of Ebola would available to the country in case there is a massive outbreak. Three people have so far died among the 19 suspected and confirmed cases.

More than 11,000 people died and some 28,000 cases were reported in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014-2015, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

This is the eighth outbreak of Ebola virus disease since its discovery in 1976 in DR Congo.

In January 2016, World Health Organization declared the end of a two-year Ebola epidemic across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea that led to 28,000 people being infected with the virus.

The last outbreak, in 2014, left 49 people dead.

Among measures, the official said Tanzanian government had modified its national laboratories of Mbeya and Dar es Salaam to test blood samples.