Nigerian Government urges calm after new Ebola outbreak

In a letter to WHO from the Congo's Minister of Health, Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga stated that "Of the five blood specimens taken from suspected cases and analysed at INRB, one has tested positive for Ebola virus (Zaïre serotype) using real-time polymerase chain reaction".

Eric Kabambi, WHO Congo spokesman, also said: "It is in a very remote zone, very forested, so we are a little lucky".

Ebola though considered by relevant health authorities as a major public health issue in sub-Saharan Africa, it took time for it to manifest in West Africa and the early cases were diagnosed as other diseases more common to the area.

Ebola, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola viral disease, is a rare and deadly illness caused by one of the strains of Ebola virus.

The DRC went through a three-month long outbreak of the virus in 2014, which killed 49 people.

She said that the Port Health officials were at alert at all airports, adding that the authority had also informed them of the need to increase surveillance.

The GAVI vaccine alliance said Friday that about 300,000 emergency doses of an Ebola vaccine could be available in case of a severe outbreak, and was ready to support the Congolese government. The Nigerian unique method of contact tracing became an effective method later used by other countries including the United States of America, when Ebola threats were discovered.

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. The virus killed more than 11,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The most recent recorded epidemic was in August 2014 in Boende region, where the disease was brought under control where it started in Lokolia, now in Tshuapa province.

In order to prevent the virus from spreading any further, officials must quickly track down, test, isolate and treat any suspected cases.

The WHO and partners are assisting the Ministry of Health in its response to this outbreak.

With a death rate of up to 90 percent, Ebola is described as "one of the world's deadliest diseases" by Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Last week, World Health Organization reported one Ebola-related death and the possibility of two others. The most recent one started on August 24, 2014 in Equateur province.

"As this is the eighth epidemic [of Ebola] that we are facing as a nation, we should not be rattled", the health minister said.

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