- The Congo has recorded an Ebola outbreak
- The outbreak has killed 17 people so far
- Efforts are been made to deal with the outbreak as the WHO steps in
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been hit by an Ebola outbreak killing 17 people so far.
Authorities in the north-west of the country confirmed the news on Tuesday, May 8th. This makes it the first country to ever record an Ebola outbreak barely 4 years since the terrible outbreak.
Investigations show that there are two confirmed cases of the viral infection after samples of the patients were taken for examination by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
"Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the government. Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease," the WHO's Peter Salama said in a statement.
The World health organization says it has released $1m (£738,000) from an emergency fund and has deployed more than 50 experts to work with officials in the country.
This is the ninth time an Ebola outbreak has been recorded in DR Congo. The virus was first discovered there in 1976 (when the country was known as Zaire) and is named after the Ebola river.
Ebola is thought to be spread over long distances by fruit bats and is often transmitted to humans via contaminated bush meat.
In 2014, more than 11,000 people were killed in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Ghana has not faced any case of Ebola since its outbreak in 2014. In fact, the country rather acted as the storage base of all drugs by the international health organization to be deployed to other affected countries.
This does not mean the country is free from the virus especially when it is transmitted to humans through the contaminated bush meat.
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