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Ebola death toll rises to 12 in Congo



KINSHASA, Congo – Another person died in the Congo from a confirmed case of Ebola, with the number of deaths since the recent outbreak rising to 12, the country's ministry of health said on Sunday. The death occurred in Iboko, a rural area in the northwestern province of Equateur, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. There are also four new suspected cases in the province, the statement said.

There are now 35 confirmed Ebola cases in Congo.

In three areas, health workers have identified persons who have been in contact with patients in confirmed Ebola cases in Equateur Province, Iboko, rural Bikoro and Mbandaka, the provincial capital of 1

.2 million, which is a transportation hub in the Congo

Congolese Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga flew by helicopter to Bikoro and Iboko on Saturday to track down the use of health workers, who have come into contact with Ebola cases, and introduce them with a new experimental Vaccine vaccinates. The vaccination campaign in both rural areas starts on Monday

World Health Organization officials and UNICEF accompanied the Minister of Health

The vaccine campaign is already underway in Mbandaka, where four Ebola cases have been confirmed. About 100 health care workers have been vaccinated there, as frontline workers are at high risk from the virus spread through contact with the body fluids of the infected, including the dead.

  Congo Ebola

Shown in this photo On Sunday, May 13, 2018, healthcare workers at a treatment center in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of the Congo, wear protective equipment against viruses.

John Bompengo / AP

The next few weeks will determine whether the outbreak, announced in May, can be brought under control, according to the World Health Organization. Aggravating factors include the spread to a large city, the involvement of health workers and the existence of three or four "separate epicentres", making it difficult to find and monitor the contacts of infected people.

The WHO uses a "ring" vaccination approach, targeting the contacts of infected or infected suspects and then their contacts More than 600 contacts have been identified

The WHO is also accelerating its efforts with nine neighboring countries To prevent the Ebola outbreak from spreading there, the regional risk is high, warns against international travel and trade restrictions.

"I personally commit to make every effort to make this outbreak happen so quickly as possible to stop, "said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Saturday in Geneva

This is the ninth Ebola outbreak of the Congo since 1976, when the hemorrhagic fever was first identified.

There is no specific treatment for Ebola Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, and sometimes internal and external hemorrhages 90% of the cases are deadly.

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