Ebola Kills 3 in Congo

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At least one person has died after contracting the virus in the country's north-east, the World Health Organization says. To work toward this goal, Congress must reject President Trump's proposed budget and fully fund International Affairs programs; and the administration must ensure that U.S. foreign assistance is focused on reducing poverty and creating strong institutions that can prevent and address challenges little by little rather than throwing billions of dollars at a crises. The taxi driver who took the man to the hospital and a person who cared for the man both became sick and later died, World Health Organization said.

Ebola claimed many lives in West African countries, especially in Liberia, in 2015.

The Congo is different. This is the eighth outbreak of Ebola virus disease since its discovery in 1976 in the DRC. Monitoring and response structures are in place to prevent a situation similar to what happened in West Africa. It ended by November thanks to the quick response.

These two cases do not include three deaths and 17 other hemorrhagic fever cases reported recently in the country.

Forty cases of the disease were also reported in the DRC.

The first case occurred on 22 April in a 45-year-old male.

The trial was led by WHO, together with Guinea's Ministry of Health, Medecins sans Frontieres and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, in collaboration with other global partners.

At least three people have been confirmed dead and six others have contracted the deadly virus in the latest outbreak in the DR Congo, according to the BBC.

"WHO has already mobilized technical experts to be deployed on the ground and is ready to provide the leadership and technical expertise required to mount a coordinated and effective response", Moeti said.

Officials are working to trace more than 100 people connected to the suspected cases.

The visit follows notification by the DRC Government of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Likati health zone, Bas Uele Province, in the northern part of the country bordering Central African Republic.

Manila has no direct flight from Congo but Quarantine personnel strictly monitor arriving passengers with connecting flights from the Middle East countries and those from Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.

According to the Director, Port Health Services, Dr. Hassan Garba, a sophisticated thermal camera captures all the arriving passengers with or without their knowledge, and anybody who is captured as red on the camera, would be quietly called aside for questioning.

The vaccine, known as "rVSV-ZEBOV", was shown to be highly protective against Ebola in clinical trials published in December 2016. Oxfam partner NADEL - the National Association for Local Development - has helped prepare the country to identify cases at the borders and to contain the disease if it crosses over.

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