Health officials concerned about public knowledge of Ebola outbreak in Congo

US to contribute up to $7 million to fight Ebola outbreak

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"The last big Ebola outbreak in 2014-15 showed the devastation that can occur when the virus gains a foothold in an urban setting". Chief Executive Officer of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known over the weekend while addressing newsmen in Abuja.

The vaccine, provided by U.S. company Merck, is still in the test stages but it was effective toward the end of the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia from 2014 to 2016. But men captaining small rowboats along the River Congo said in interviews that they know little about the disease and put their faith in God to protect them.

Two more deaths have been recorded in Democratic Republic of Congo in relation to the Ebola outbreak in that country, according to health ministry officials.

He said: "We have had working groups here that have really worked all the time on increasing our preparedness on Ebola in terms of both prevention and response should an outbreak happen".

So far, 49 people have become ill with some form of hemorrhagic fever, with 22 cases confirmed as Ebola, 21 probable and 6 suspected, health minister Oly Ilunga told the Associated Press.

In a hopeful sign, two patients who were confirmed as positive for Ebola have recovered and are returning to their homes, where they will be monitored, Ilunga said.

The Congolese government is hoping to receive some 300,000 doses of vaccine in the coming days from its partners for effective containment of the virus.

Some global health experts have expressed concern privately that the USA response would be minimized given President Trump's disparaging and isolationist comments about Ebola during the 2014 epidemic.

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Congo President Joseph Kabila and his Cabinet agreed Saturday to increase funds for the Ebola emergency to more than $4 million.

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The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans from animals and is estimated by the World Health Organization to have a 50-percent fatality rate.

Ebola has about a 90 percent fatality rate, depending on the strain, according to AP.

In addition, USAID is coordinating with the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and partners on the ground on response efforts, and contributing to situational reports, and field activities. "This is an important moment that changes the way we've seen Ebola for 40 years". "We're not recommending any additional border intervention or enhanced screening at the moment".

Minister of sports, Solomon Dalung, has disclosed that the planned friendly match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and their counterparts from the Democratic Republic of Congo, will go ahead as planned despite Ebola scare in the country.

Health officials are concerned that the proximity of the outbreak to the river, a main thoroughfare that runs through four countries, will carry the disease into more communities that are unaware of how it spreads and how to protect against it. "Based on that, we only introduced strict policies to ensure that the match takes place and the match will take place".

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