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The WHO will be deploying about 30 experts to scrutinise and inspect the city, is working along with the Ministry of Health and also believes in engaging with the communities to prevent and treat and report about new cases.

Health workers are sprayed with chlorine after leaving an isolation ward with suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital - the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There had been 25 deaths, but no new infections among healthworkers, Jasarevic told reporters. The other death was a suspected case in Wangata.

Congo's Ministry of Health has announced 11 new confirmed Ebola cases and two deaths tied to cases in the country's northwest.

"The confirmed case in Mbandaka, a large urban centre located on major national and worldwide river, road and domestic air routes, increases the risk of spread within the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to neighbouring countries", the World Health Organization said.

Meanwhile, the public relations officer in the same ministry, Doreen Motshegwa, said their health officials are on high alert and have put measures in place to ward off the spread of the Ebola outbreak in the DRC.

In a related development, the first batch of 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines to combat the outbreak Ebola arrived the DRC about 24-hours ago.

An Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo has a high risk of spreading internally, the World Health Organization warned Friday ahead of a meeting on whether to declare it an event of worldwide concern.

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She warned that the disease can be transmitted via human contact with the body fluids of an infected person and is fatal.

The Commission operates a dedicated humanitarian air service called "ECHO Flight" in African countries, with hubs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and Mali.

The EU funding announced today will ensure deployment of relevant surge capacity to the affected areas, surveillance and contact tracing of Ebola victims as well as active case finding for early detection of those infected.

Many of these people were in remote areas, Mr Salama said.

This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in Congo since 1976, when the disease was first identified.

According to Seipone, symptoms of Ebola virus disease include a fever of acute onset (37.5oC) with unexplained bleeding tendencies from the nose (epistasis), gums, vagina, skin or eyes, bloody stools, vomiting and coughing blood, diarrhoea, deterioration of vision or decreased consciousness.


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