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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:29 pm 
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Media reports cite confirmation of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire and location of the Ebola River).

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:33 pm 
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24 August 2014 Last updated at 19:13
Ebola outbreak: DR Congo confirms two deaths

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say two people have died from Ebola in the country's north-west.

They are the first reported Ebola cases outside West Africa since the outbreak there began, although it is not clear if they are directly linked to that outbreak.

So far 1,427 people have died from the virus.

The speed and extent of the outbreak has been "unprecedented", the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

An estimated 2,615 people in West Africa have been infected with Ebola since March.

There is no known cure but some affected people have recovered after being given an experimental drug, ZMapp. However, supplies are now exhausted.

Several people died in the past month after contracting an unidentified fever in the Equateur region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On Sunday, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said eight of the fever victims had been tested for Ebola.

"The results (of two) are positive. The Ebola virus is confirmed in DRC," Mr Numbi told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

The DRC is where Ebola was first identified in 1976.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28922290

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Kinshasa (AFP) - The Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday confirmed its first two cases this year of Ebola but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic ravaging West Africa.

"The results are positive. The Ebola virus is confirmed in DRC," Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi told AFP, referring to tests undertaken on people after an unidentified fever killed 13 in the northwest Equateur province this month.

"After analysing eight samples taken in the field, the National Institute of Biomedical Research has just confirmed that two of those samples test positive for Ebola," Kabanga said later on public television.

He said the confirmation marked the seventh outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo, where the virus was first identified in 1976 near the Ebola River.

The two new cases had "no link to [the epidemic] raging in West Africa," Kabange said, adding that further tests were under way.

"The experience gained during the six past Ebola epidemics will be put to use to contain the illness," he said.

Kabange said the outbreak was "contained" in the area near Jera, more than 1,200 kilometres (750 miles) northeast of the Congolese capital Kinshasa.

Ebola was first identified in 1976 in Equateur province in what was once the former Zaire and as well as in a separate outbreak in Sudan.

Earlier this week Kabange had announced the deaths of 13 people with haemorrhagic symptoms, and had said dozens of others who had come into contact with them were being monitored.

Congolese authorities have recently taken preventive health measures, including provisions for the safe burial of infected corpses and strict control of passengers arriving from affected countries.

Ebola is spread by contact with an infected person's bodily fluids, such as sweat and blood, and no cure or vaccine is currently available.

The WHO said Friday that the death toll had risen to 1,427, all of them in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

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KINSHASA, Congo - Congo's health minister says two Ebola deaths have been confirmed in the Central African country.

Felix Kabange Numbi said Sunday that two of eight samples from the northwest Equateur province came back positive for the deadly disease.

Numbi said the samples were from the region where the World Health Organization said an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis has killed 70 people in recent weeks.

The WHO said last week those deaths were not Ebola-related.

Numbi said Congolese officials believed Ebola had killed 13 people in the region, including five health workers. He said 11 people were sick and in isolation and that 80 contacts were being traced.

He said the infections were of a different strain than those in the outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 1,600 people. The disease there has overwhelmed local health care systems and surprised international health officials attempting to stem its spread.

Last week, two alarming new cases of Ebola emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities.

The two new cases were infected by their spouses, both medical workers who had direct contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who flew into Nigeria from Liberia and Togo and infected 11 others before he died in July. The male and female caregivers also then died of Ebola, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.

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KINSHASA, Congo — Congo's health minister says two Ebola deaths have been confirmed in the Central African country.

Felix Kabange Numbi said Sunday that two of eight samples from the northwest Equateur province came back positive for the deadly disease.

Numbi said the samples were from the region where the World Health Organization said an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis has killed 70 people in recent weeks.

The WHO said last week those deaths were not Ebola-related. Numbi said Congolese officials believed Ebola had killed 13 people in the region, including five health workers.

He said 11 people were sick and in isolation and that 80 contacts were being traced. He said the infections were of a different strain than those in the outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 1,400 people.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:24 pm 
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Congo declares Ebola outbreak in northern Equateur province
KINSHASA Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:42am IST

(Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday after two out of eight cases tested came back positive for the deadly virus, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said.

A mysterious disease has killed dozens of people in Equateur in recent weeks but the World Health Organization had said on Thursday it was not Ebola. [ID:nL5N0QR4OD]

"I declare an Ebola epidemic in the region of Djera, in the territory of Boende in the province of Equateur," Kabange Numbi told a news conference.

The region lies about 1,200 km (750 miles) north of the capital Kinshasa.

Numbi said that one of the two cases that tested positive was for the Sudanese strain of the disease, while the other was a mixture between the Sudanese and the Zaire strain -- the most lethal variety. The outbreak in West Africa that has killed at least 1,427 people in West Africa since March is the Zaire strain.

The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the disease which had killed at least 70 people in Equateur was a kind of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.

A WHO spokesperson said the U.N. health agency could not confirm the results of the tests announced on Sunday, which were carried out by the Congolese authorities.

(Reporting by Bienvenu-Marie Bakumanya; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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The Congolese Minister of Health on Sunday confirmed cases of Ebola in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He however said that the epidemic had "no relation to that which prevails in West Africa."

The disease hitherto "unknown" with 13 dead since August 11 in Equateur province (northwest), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is Ebola. Congolese Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi announced, Sunday, Aug. 24: "The results came out positive is confirmed Ebola in DRC.."

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that at least 70 people died of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis in Equateur province in northern DRC. A spokesman for the WHO had then said that the disease was not Ebola.

"No relationship" with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa

"After analysis of eight samples taken from ground, the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) has confirmed that two samples were positive by the Ebola virus," said Dr. Kabange in a message broadcast by the Congolese state television, indicating that further tests were underway. He however said that the epidemic had "no relation to that which prevails in West Africa."

The Ebola outbreak, which has left more than 1,400 dead in recent months, concerns currently three countries in West Africa, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea where it appeared, as well as Nigeria. The DRC does not share any border with these countries.

A "circumscribed" epidemic, according to the Congolese Minister of Health

This new epidemic raises even more concern than it is in the DRC (then Zaire) that the Ebola virus was discovered in 1976 in a province in the north. Haemorrhagic fever "Ebola" also takes its name from a river that passes near the town of Yambuku home where the first known outbreak cases were identified.

"The experience gained from previous Ebola outbreaks six will be put to use to contain this disease," said the Congolese Minister, ensuring that the epidemic was "circumscribed sector Jera", more than 1200 km northeast of Kinshasa.

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Health minister: 2 people have died of Ebola in Congo
Associated Press 3:04 p.m. EDT August 24, 2014

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Two Ebola-related deaths have been confirmed in Congo, the country's health minister said Sunday, though local officials believe the cases are unrelated to the outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 1,400 people.

Eight samples were taken from the region of Boende in Congo's northwest Equateur province, and two of them came back positive, Felix Kabange Numbi said on state television Sunday.

Congolese officials believe Ebola has killed 13 people in the region, including five health workers, Numbi said.

He said 11 people were sick and in isolation and that 80 contacts were being traced.

"This epidemic has nothing to do with the one in West Africa," Numbi said.

This is the seventh outbreak of Ebola in Congo. The disease was first discovered there in 1976.

Boende is the region where the World Health Organization has said an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis has killed 70 people in recent weeks.

The WHO said last week those deaths were not Ebola-related.

WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said on Twitter Sunday that samples tested at a national laboratory were positive for Ebola and that the results of confirmation tests from a laboratory in Gabon would likely come back Monday.

He said it was possible the outbreak could be unrelated to the outbreak in West Africa, where a total of 2,615 infections and 1,427 deaths have been recorded in four countries -- Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Boende is more than 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) from Congo's capital, Kinshasa.

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Ebola Kills 13 in Congo Outbreak Separate From W. Africa
By Franz Wild and Shannon Pettypiece Aug 24, 2014 4:35 PM ET

The Democratic Republic of Congo said as many as 13 people have died of Ebola in a separate outbreak from the one raging in three West African nations. It is the sixth reported outbreak in that country since 1976.

Laboratory tests in two cases were positive for Ebola in a remote village in the northwestern corner of the country, and 11 other deaths are suspected of being from the virus, said Lambert Mende, the country’s information minister, in a telephone interview today.

The strain of the Ebola in the Congo is different than the one seen in West Africa, according to Mende. Among the dead are a doctor and four nurses, he said.

The area where the deaths occurred is “under quarantine,” Mende said. “No one will enter, no will leave.”

The outbreak in Congo comes as global health officials are struggling to quell an outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea that is the worst ever. The disease has killed at least 1,300 people in the three countries since December, a number on track to surpass the total for all previous outbreaks combined.

Congo’s confirmed cases occurred in the village of Gera in the Equateur province. The region is mostly jungle and located in the northwestern portion of the country near the Republic of Congo, away from the country’s copper mining industry, which is the largest in Africa.

In addition to erecting a treatment center in Gera, Congo’s government has set up a committee that includes international medical organizations to coordinate a response to the outbreak, Mende said.

The country has also banned hunting in the area, Mende said. The disease is believed to reside in fruit bats, who can infect humans through bodily secretions. Humans pass it on through contact with infected bodily fluids.

This is Congo’s first outbreak in two years. The viral disease, which has no known cure or vaccine, was first reported in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Since then, the area has had four other outbreaks of the viral disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To contact the reporters on this story: Franz Wild in Johannesburg at fwild@bloomberg.net; Shannon Pettypiece in New York at spettypiece@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Reg Gale at rgale5@bloomberg.net; Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net Andres R. Martinez

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DRC: four people died of Ebola

Last Updated: August 24, 2014 - 6:57 p.m. GMT

The Ebola virus has already hit the floor several times by more than 280 deaths in 1976.
Dr. Felix Kabange Numbi announced Sunday, August 24 the town of Boende affected by the virus will be quarantined on an area of ​​100 km around. The Congolese Minister of Health told the BBC that access will be strictly limited in this town in the province of Ecuador, full of nearly 40,000 people.
The positive samples were taken from people with hemorrhagic fever has killed 13 people since August 11 in the province, located in the northwest of the country.

For now, Dr. Felix Kabange Numbi said the locality is too far from the border to think that this is the same strain as that applied to the West Africa. The couple who died would have consumed contaminated with the virus monkey. And medical staff who treated him were contaminated.

The Congolese Minister of Health had yet mentioned last week preventive measures against the virus including sensitization of the Congolese population on strict hygiene measures, awareness of travelers bound for West Africa where departed this latest outbreak of the disease, strengthening of epidemiological surveillance and training of all officials at the border.

DRC has already been hit several times by the Ebola virus. The most deadly outbreaks caused by the Zaire strain of virus killed more than 250 people in 1995 and 1976, according to the World Health Organization.
According to WHO, more than a thousand people have died in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, for over six months.

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