Ebola: WHO Director General Arrives Kinshasa To Assess Needs For Curtailment

This comes days after the first confirmed death in the Democratic Republic of Congo which also has 11 known sufferers (a health worker

"We have been briefed about current situations and World Health Organization and partners are committed to continuing swift actions to beat Ebola, " Ghebreyesus said.

Director-General Doctor Tedros Adhanom said Sunday there has been another reported case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

WHO is working with Government and key partners - including Médecins Sans Frontières, World Food Programme, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UNICEF, UNOCHA, MONUSCO, IOM, Africa CDC and US-CDC - to strengthen coordination of the EVD response at the national level and in the affected Bikoro health zone.

Bikoro health zone is almost 150 km from Mbandaka, capital of Equateur Province in an area of the country that is very hard to reach.

"I just arrived in Kinshasa, DR Congo with the Regional Director for Africa, Dr Moeti Matshidiso and the WHO Deputy Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Dr Pete Salama".

The declaration followed laboratory results that confirmed two cases of the disease.

As of Sunday, a total of 39 Ebola cases have been reported in the DRC in the past five weeks, including 18 deaths, according to the WHO.

"The WHO is strengthening its presence, positioning a dozen epidemiologists who will be divided on the axes of Mbandaka, Bikoro and Iboko to investigate alerts", its Congo representative, Allarangar Yokouide, said.

"However, any country facing such a threat may require worldwide assistance".

"However, early signs including the infection of three health workers, the geographical extent of the outbreak, the proximity to transport routes and population centres, and the number of suspected cases indicate that stopping this outbreak will be a serious challenge". "We need to be prepared for all scenarios", he added.

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