19 people die in DRC Ebola outbreak

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Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, has arrived Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), to assess the needs of Ebola response first-hand.

The Nigerian government on Wednesday said it was acting to prevent the spread of Ebola from Democratic Republic of Congo where an outbreak of the disease has killed 17 people.

"I'm in contact in the Minister of health and have assured him that we're ready to do all that's needed to stop the spread of Ebola quickly". "Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the Government of the DRC and partners to reduce the loss of life and suffering related to this new Ebola virus disease outbreak", said Dr Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response.

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West Africa experienced the largest recorded outbreak of Ebola over a two-year period beginning in March 2014; a total of 28,616 confirmed, probable and suspected cases were reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 11,310 deaths, according to the WHO. WHO is working with the Ministry of Health to gather and test samples, conduct contact tracing and improve data collection and management.

"However, any country facing such a threat may require worldwide assistance".

World Health Organization is deploying experts and coordinating partners as well as providing supplies and equipment to provide life-saving care and support infection prevention and control.

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The WHO said it has obtained 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine and is preparing for deployment in the DRC, its Africa director said on Sunday.

"This will be tough and it will be costly. 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.

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