Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Ebola virus disease - Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ebola virus disease - Democratic Republic of the Congo

The worldwide friendly game between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo is in danger of being called off following a fresh outbreak of Ebola in the central African country.

However, research by Kent University suggests a drive to vaccinate the entire population wouldn't be an effective way of stopping the disease spread.

A spokesman for the director of epidemiology in DRC said government experts would meet on Thursday to discuss measures to prevent it crossing the border to neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville.

This is DRC's ninth outbreak of Ebola since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976.

In a statement on Tuesday, the government said the Ministry of Health has "taken all necessary measures to respond promptly and effectively to this new epidemic of Ebola in the DRC's national territory".

There was an Ebola outbreak in 2014 in West Africa which killed 11,000 people - mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The study pointed out that the clinical vaccine candidates will need to be focused on health care workers who are often involved in disease transmission, potentially in combination with the vaccination of patient contacts.

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Ebola viruses are a group of particularly nasty viruses that have a significant burden across Africa. Two of those cases are confirmed to be Ebola.

Ebola is believed to be spread over long distances by bats, which can host the virus without dying, as it infects other animals it shares trees with such as monkeys. However, this is the first time that the Bikoro health zone is facing an Ebola outbreak.

Africa's most populous country is taking no chances and Health Minister Isaac Adewole told CNN that people traveling from the Central Africa country where 17 people are suspected to have died from the viral hemorrhagic fever, will undergo temperature screening at all borders of the country. The city is home to one million residents and only a few hours away from Bikoro, the area where the majority of cases have been reported.

The risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United Kingdom remains negligible, it added. World Health Organization said in 2015 that preliminary results showed 100 percent efficacy for the VSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine developed by Merck & Co. and NewLink Genetics.

Unless remediated immediately, the number of deaths for this outbreak could increase.

Nigeria had been announced with Ebola in October 2014 from the World Heath Organization, right after 42 days had passed considering that tests showed that the infected person no further experienced the disorder. It's symptoms are high fever, bleeding, diarrhoea and red eyes, among others.

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