Nigeria increases airport screenings after Ebola outbreak in Congo

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The Ministry of Health in South Sudan on Friday said it has set up an emergency response team across the border between South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo following reports of Ebola outbreak in North and Western Part DRC.

The authorities in the DRC are now experienced in responding to an Ebola outbreak.

Fortunately, the DRC has a good track record of controlling Ebola outbreaks, and the government is working closely with the World Health Organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to bring the situation under control. The outbreak, first reported on May 8, has already hit three separate geographical areas over a 37 mile spread, also increasing the likelihood that the fast-acting, highly contagious virus could spread quickly.

The scaling up of the latest response has been much quicker and looks much different than that in West Africa's outbreak, Salama said.

The last outbreak occurred there in 2017 in the northern Bas Uele province.

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In its update today, the World Health Organization said there are 15 hospital beds in Bikoro, and MSF is establishing an isolation unit at the site and has deployed four more mobile isolation units, each containing five beds. We probably won't know for sure what went wrong in this outbreak, but blame has been placed on the slow response of the global community, the fragility of the region's health services, and the failure of public health campaigns to reach all people. The DRC has also learnt lessons from subsequent outbreaks.

Sawyer, a Liberian-American, died at a hospital and infected several health workers, including Stella Ameyo Adedavoh, a doctor who defied orders to allow him to leave the hospital and saved Nigeria from a mass outbreak in the process. It will be boosted by another million pounds ($1.35 million) from the United Kingdom government, Wellcome said in a statement.

"To prevent the spread of Ebola, members of the public are advised to: wash your hands frequently using soap and water - use hand sanitisers when soap and water are not readily available; avoid direct handling of dead wild animals; avoid physical contact with anyone who has possible symptoms of an infection with an unknown diagnosis", the NCDC said.

He said, however, that there are many complications in using an experimental vaccine, and it's not a simple logistical effort. "This is a highly complex sophisticated operation in one of the most hard terrains on earth", he said. Around 50 per cent of patients die, according to the WHO.

In December 2016, trials of an Ebola vaccine found that the shot gave high levels of protection against a strain of the deadly disease.