19 dead, 39 infected so far in Congo Ebola outbreak

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Three health care workers were also among 19 deaths, the WHO said in a statement. WHO is working with the Ministry of Health to gather and test samples, conduct contact tracing and improve data collection and management.

World Health Organization says the outbreak in Bikoro is the ninth outbreak of Ebola in the DRC since it first emerged in 1976. There have since been sporadic outbreaks that have been contained including eight in Congo since 1976. "And we are taking it very seriously because it is close to Mbandaka, a city of 1 million people", Fall said, adding that there are two suspected cases in Mbandaka, and the patients are being held in isolation. The 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa involved major urban areas as well as rural ones.

Nineteen deaths were also reported in the region.

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"Because it is an experimental vaccine, there are several steps to observe", Jasarevik said.

WHO's Africa director, Matshidiso Moeti, told Reuters on Sunday: "We're working on the deployment of these materials, especially readying the cold chain".

A cordon ribbon is seen around the isolation ward at Bikoro hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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"The anxiety expressed by the health minister was enough for every right-thinking Nigerian to cancel all engagements with citizens of that country until the World Health Organisation (WHO) declares DRC free from Ebola".

The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50 percent. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

Personal protective equipment, body bags, boxes for transportation and interagency emergency health kits have been sent to the affected region.

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According to him, as of May 11, "our case count is two confirmed cases, 12 suspected cases and 18 probable cases".

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