Ebola outbreak threatens Super Eagles, DR Congo friendly

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Ebola outbreak threatens Super Eagles, DR Congo friendly

Congo reported the outbreak on Tuesday, with 32 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of the disease since April 4, including 18 deaths.

WHO said Tuesday it is working closely with Congo's government to rapidly scale up its operations and mobilize health partners as it did successfully in Congo previous year.

The virus' natural reservoir animal is probably the bat, which does not itself fall ill, but can pass the microbe on to humans who hunt it for food. The death happened overnight at a hospital in nearby Ikoko Impenge hospital that also reported four new suspected cases of Ebola, Ilunga said. We don't know what causes these species jumps, which makes predicting Ebola outbreaks nearly impossible.

The effort also requires a field epidemiology push to identify every case and every contact for vaccination, he said.

Nigeria's immigration service said on Thursday it had increased screening tests at airports and other entry points as a precautionary measure following the Ebola outbreak in Congo.

There is no specific treatment for Ebola, which is spread through the bodily fluids of people exhibiting symptoms.

Funded by the European Union, it can carry out rapid testing even in the most remote areas.

According to a study, Ebola outbreak can be controlled only through isolation of patients and surveillance on the disease.

People most at risk of Ebola infection are those that care for infected people, the NHS said.

After the catastrophic 2014 outbreak, Obama went to Congress and passed a $5.4 billion package of funding for dealing with any possible Ebola outbreak.

The origins of Ebola are unknown, but have been liked to primates and fruit bats, according to the Center for Disease Control.

An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the north-west corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Key partners, skilled in working in Ebola outbreak settings, have been mobilized, such as Doctors Without Borders, the WFP, UNICEF-which helps with communication and sanitation activities-and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which helps perform safe burials.

Symptoms that include fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and hemorrhaging can begin two to 21 days after exposure. The country was struck by a smaller outbreak previous year. They are tasked with investigating the situation on the ground and organizing the response. The government immediately alerted the people about the outbreak.

Whether experts will be able to find infected bats during the latest DRC outbreak remains unknown, partly because there may have been undetected cases of the disease dating back months; any culprit bat colony may have moved on by now.

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