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Ebola cases on rise, reach 14 in DRC

IANS  |  Kinshasa 

The number of confirmed cases of the Democratic Republic of (DRC) has risen to 14 after the Ministry announced 11 new confirmed cases and one new related death.

A government statement late on Thursday said the 11 new confirmed cases and one new related death were reported in the town of in Equateur, where the outbreak was officially announced on May 8 by authorities.

It said the new death has epidemiologic ties to another case. Another lethal case in Wangata on Thursday was a suspected one, reported.

The government statement said the total number of cases is now 45, including 10 suspected cases, 21 probable cases and 14 confirmed cases.

The Ebola outbreak in the DRC has entered a "new phase" after it spread to a large city, Minister said on Wednesday.

The new case of has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in in northwestern Congo, the confirmed Thursday, reported.

The spread of the virus from rural areas into a city has raised fears it could quickly spread and become harder to control. A newly confirmed case in a densely populated part of the country will complicate attempts to control the outbreak, the statement said.

Ilunga said of the current 25 deaths, only one has been confirmed as Ebola, adding that no new health professionals have been contaminated.

The first 4,000 doses of experimental vaccine from the (WHO) to combat the Ebola outbreak arrived on Wednesday in the national capital

The Ebola vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV -- has been shown to be safe in humans and highly effective against the virus, according to the WHO. The campaign would first target health workers.

The DRC is at its ninth Ebola outbreak since 1976. Ebola is a spread through contact with even small amounts of bodily fluid of an infected person. Its early flu-like symptoms are not always easily detected.



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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 09:22 IST