Ebola Is Back; Ghana Health Service Issues Alert

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

Ebola Is Back; Ghana Health Service Issues Alert

The health ministry confirmed the outbreak of Ebola on Tuesday, with two cases being confirmed by the laboratory of the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB).

A source at the airport confirmed the development to our correspondent, saying, "Though relevant authorities especially the Port Health Services desk have been doing their job but with the directive coming from the government and the outbreak of the disease in Congo, all hands are now more on deck to arrest any eventuality".

"Of great concern to the Federal Executive Council is the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo".

'Our country is facing another epidemic of the Ebola virus, which constitutes an worldwide public health emergency, ' the Congo Health Ministry said.

At least two people have tested positive for the virus since and now we are learning there are at least five others, including two nurses, who could be infected and are being monitored.

"I think it is an epidemic that we will quickly master". These belong to the Equateur Province.

Ebola is endemic to Congo, a vast country whose eastern Ebola river gave the deadly virus its name when it was discovered there in the 1970s.

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More than 11,300 people were killed in West Africa during the worst ever Ebola outbreak in 2014.

WHO released $1 million (£738,200) from an emergency contingency fund, has set up a coordination group and deployed more than 50 experts to work with the DRC government and health agencies.

"Since the notification of the cases on May 3, no deaths have been reported", it said, without specifying when the first case came to light.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new Ebola virus disease outbreak May 8.

"Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease", added Salama, who is the WHO Deputy-Director Emergency Preparedness and Response. It is transmitted to people from wild animals and can be spread from human to human.

The study pointed out that the clinical vaccine candidates will need to be focused on health care workers who are often involved in disease transmission, potentially in combination with the vaccination of patient contacts.

Ebola is highly infectious and extremely lethal and caused chaos in West Africa back in 2013 to 2016.

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