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Media reports cite an increase in the Ebola death toll in Democrratic Republic of Congo to 31.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:28 am 
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Death toll from Congo Ebola outbreak rises to 31
Tue Sep 2, 2014 12:05pm GMT

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Djera region of northern Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to 31, Minister of Health Felix Kabange Numbi told Reuters on Tuesday.

The outbreak in Congo's Equateur province is thought to be separate from an epidemic in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia that has killed more than 1,550 people since March.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:35 am 
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Kinshasa (AFP) - An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 31 people and the epidemic remains contained in a remote northwestern region, UN the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

"There are now 31 deaths," Eugene Kambambi, the WHO's head of communication in DR Congo, told AFP, citing Congolese authorities and stressing that the epidemic "remains contained" in an area around 800 kilometres (500 miles) north of the capital Kinshasa.

Health officials had previously given a death toll of 13 people from the lethal haemorrhagic fever since August 11 around the isolated town of Boende, surrounded by dense tropical forest in Equateur province.

Kabambi was speaking by telephone from Mbandaka, the provincial capital, where he was accompanied by Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi and the WHO representative in DRC, Joseph Cabore. The three were due to travel later Tuesday to the Boende area, which has already been quarantined.

Kabamba added that there were "53 confirmed, suspected or likely cases" of Ebola, while 185 people were under medical watch because they had admitted to contact with patients or were believed to have had dealings with people stricken by the highly contagious disease.

The government announced on August 25 that the DRC was facing its seventh Ebola outbreak since the disease was first identified in the former Zaire in 1976.

The health minister has ruled out any link with a serious Ebola epidemic sweeping parts of west Africa, at a cost of more than 1,500 lives, on the grounds that there had been no contact between those distant nations and Boende. The WHO has taken the same position.

Health authorities state that the outbreak is confined to four medical zones around Boende, where some personnel from the WHO and the charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have been working with specialised epidemiologists since mid-August.

MSF on Monday told AFP that reinforcements had reached the affected area and were setting up an Ebola clinic. The deep forest location makes it hard for health teams to get to Boende, along with medical supplies to treat symptoms of the disease.

On the basis of WHO figures, Ebola kills a global average of 61 percent of those infected, causing unstoppable bleeding and the collapse of internal organs in its final stages.

While there is no vaccine, patients can be helped through the early phases of infection, marked by severe headaches, muscle pains and dehydration because of vomiting and diarrhoea.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:40 am 
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The outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has killed 31 people in Equateur province, informed the Congolese Minister of Public Health, Felix Kabange Numbi. He said the health authorities recorded between July 28 and August 29, a total of 53 cases, of which 13 were laboratory-confirmed.

The last swing, made last week, identified 13 deaths from Ebola in the country. Yet the situation is being monitored 185 people who had contact with patients infected by the virus, the minister added.

Felix Kabange Numbi also said that the situation in the province is under control in the face of contingency measures adopted by the government, which provided $ 1 million to Plan Response to Outbreak of Ebola. This is the seventh outbreak of the disease in the country.

According to the delegation from Kinshasa the World Health Organization (WHO) information, the "epicenter" of the epidemic is in the town of Lokolia, about 1200 km from the capital. WHO is strengthening ensures that the presence of technicians in the country, "sending experts in various fields for the region."

Campaigns are also being developed to raise awareness and provide psychological and social support to victims.

According to the WHO in Kinshasa, the Congolese authorities are promoting the isolation of detected cases, disinfection of houses and the strengthening of national capacity to address the problem.

The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being monitored with special attention to Angola, through seven provinces, shares a border of 1,500 kilometers with that country.

The presence of the Ebola virus in the neighboring country automatically put Angola in the group with "moderate to high" risk of infection.

The Angolan health officials admit that the country is in "alert", but ensure that any suspected case was not detected. Remember that are redoubling to accelerating the deployment of teams to control, warning and disease surveillance, especially at border posts in the north.

According to the executive, the movement of people in the DRC have led to the adoption of "preventive measures", especially as border surveillance, with security agents and armed with military elements of biosafety.

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