Ghana finally issues Ebola alert after deaths in Congo

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One death of Ebola hemorrhagic fever and 11 new cases have been confirmed in the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Minister of Health Dr. Oly Ilunga said Thursday in Kinshasa.

THE Federal Government has stepped up screening at major worldwide airports to combat the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said yesterday. Of these total cases, two tested positive for Ebola virus disease, according to the WHO.

YEN.com.gh has revealed how the outbreak of Ebola in Congo has not just caused the death of 17 persons but also sent all countries sharing boundaries with.

Mr Ilunga said 17 deaths that drew the attention of health officials over the weekend to the region had not yet been confirmed as resulting from Ebola.

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All cases were reported from the catchment area of the Ikoko-Impenge health facility, located 30 km from the central health zone office of Bikoro, which is 280 km by road from Mbandaka, the capital of Equateur province.

The Ghana Health Service has issued a stern warning to the general public regarding the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, those cases were not confirmed through testing.

Serge Ngaleto, the director of Bikoro's main hospital, told Reuters: 'After contact, the nurses began showing signs...we have isolated them'.

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry said it had dispatched a team of 12 experts to the northwest to try to trace new contacts of the disease, identify the epicentre and all affected villages and provide resources.

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"This advance team brought the first batches of equipment, mostly containing rapid diagnostic tests for the Ebola virus and laser thermometers", the Health Ministry statement said.

It has also confirmed that there are 11 other people that are now infected with Ebola.

Congo's long experience of Ebola and its vast, remote geography mean outbreaks are often localised and relatively easy to isolate and snuff out. Nigeria is Africa's most populous country, while it doesn't share a border with DRC it will be screening passengers as they enter the borders of the country.

Ikoko Impenge is located in the northwestern portion of the country near the Congo River, which is a major trade and transportation route.

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