WHO Planning For 'Worst-Case Scenario' After New Ebola Outbreak

WHO Planning For 'Worst-Case Scenario' After New Ebola Outbreak

While it is feared that the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo which had claimed 17 lives by Thursday, the Government has assured travelers and citizens that the country is safe and that all measures are being looked at to contain possible virus spread. Formenty, a veteran of many Ebola outbreaks, noted that there have been suspected cases in at least two locations-Bikoro and a village called Ingende, which is almost 40 miles away on roads that can only be traveled on motorbikes. The most recent epidemic took place in May 2017 in the health zone of Likati, province of Bas-Uele.

A spokesman for the director of epidemiology in DRC said government experts would meet on Thursday to discuss measures to prevent it crossing the border to neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville.

The WHO has also established its Incident Management System that would help build a workforce centered on helping out with the current EVD outbreak. However, this is the first time that the Bikoro health zone is facing an Ebola outbreak.

The population of Kinshasa is roughly 11.6 million while about 2 million people live in Brazzaville. Medical supplies are provided by global bodies, but stock outs are frequent.

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry said it had dispatched a team of 12 experts to the north-west to try to trace new contacts of the disease, identify the epicentre and all affected villages and provide resources.

"WHO will work closely with health authorities and partners to support the national response".


Médecins Sans Frontières is setting up a treatment centre for the management of cases in Bikoro health zone.

Immediate logistical capabilities and needs are being established.

Information is now limited and investigations are ongoing to assess the full extent of the outbreak.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki on Friday said some 260 health workers are on standby, as the Government tightens the measures put in place, to ensure the virus is not imported to the country.

While the outbreak is in a remote area where road travel is taxing and slow, one of the towns where cases may be occurring, Bikoro, is a port on a lake that connects to the Congo River. World Health Organization continues to monitor travel and trade measures in relation to this event, and now there are no restrictions of the worldwide traffic in place.

The Health Ministry has also set up a National Emergency Council tasked with placing measures to curb hazardous diseases from spreading to the country.

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