Ebola outbreak threatens Super Eagles friendly with Congo DR

MSF medical workers at a facility for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone

The director of the National Institute of Biological and Bacterial Research, Dr Jean Jacques Muyembe, said on Wednesday health experts should be able to quickly contain this outbreak because the area is so remote. The number of confirmed cases of Ebola has risen to 25. However, those cases were not confirmed through testing.

NAN reports that the epidemic so far appears to be centred around the village of Ikoko Impenge, near the town of Bikoro.

The two Ebola cases were confirmed as the Zaire strain after officials in the capital, Kinshasa, were alerted early this month to the deaths of 17 people from a hemorrhagic fever and traveled to the Bikoro area to perform tests.

Staff of medical aid organization Doctors without Borders carry the body of a person killed by viral haemorrhagic fever, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guinea. He said the situation calls for an immediate and energetic response.

Over the last four decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo has experienced eight Ebola outbreaks.

The World Health Organisation said that at least 17 people from a village in the country have died after they began showing symptoms resembling Ebola in December.

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He says the new patients have been isolated. The disease shows early symptoms similar to other diseases like typhoid and malaria-fever, headache, muscle pain and chills-and this makes it hard to identify it in its initial phases.

It is believed to be spread over long distances by bats, which can host the virus without dying, as it infects other animals it shares trees with such as monkeys. Without preventive measures, the virus can spread quickly between people and is fatal in up to 90 percent of cases.

In a statement, Health Minister Oly Ilunga said: 'One of the defining features of this epidemic is the fact that three health professionals have been affected. His mother and 10 others then showed similar symptoms.

Nigeria recorded its first case of Ebola in 2014 after a government official named Patrick Sawyer, who had been infected with the virus from Liberia, collapsed on arrival at the airport in country's biggest city, catching health authorities unawares.

Zambia on Thursday announced heightened surveillance measures following fresh outbreak of Ebola in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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