Ebola outbreak in DRC: What is being done?

This comes days after the first confirmed death in the Democratic Republic of Congo which also has 11 known sufferers (a health worker

This comes days after the first confirmed death in the Democratic Republic of Congo which also has 11 known sufferers (a health worker

Unfortunately, there's now no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, although researchers are working on potential new vaccines an drug therapies that are being developed and tested. About 4,000 doses will be sent to the remote north-western province of equator. However, it is being taken very seriously given the recent history of Ebola outbreaks and proximity of this area to the Congo River, linking local populations to the major cities of Kinshasa, Brazzaville and Bangui. "If a general can not be with its troops in the front line it's not a general", he said. "As further information becomes available, the risk assessment will be reviewed", the health organization added. "We have to be where the problem is". In addition to an importation license, the World Health Organization needs formal agreement on the research protocols with the government and local ethical review board approval for reasons of liability, and legal and insurance issues associated with use of experimental products, he added.

Who's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has visited the region, where 35 suspected cases have been reported so far - more than half of them fatal.

Medical officers have been deployed at the airport to screen all passengers coming into the country, especially those from neighboring DRC where there is an Ebola outbreak. The outbreak in the Equateur Province of the DRC is the first to raise worldwide alarm bells since the deadly crisis that left over 11,300 people dead in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea between 2014 and 2016.

All of that changed back in 2014 with the massive outbreak that spread throughout the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Of the 39 cases of Ebola reported since April 5, two have been confirmed using laboratory tests. About 11,300 died from 2014 to 2016.

This comes a week after the World Health Organisation confirmed an Ebola outbreak in different parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to a draft internal document obtained by the Associated Press, almost everyone "failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall". President Barack Obama later dispatched up to 3,000 military personnel to West Africa, an effort with a $750 million price tag. Later symptoms include "vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function and internal and external bleeding", according to WHO.