Ebola reappears in DR Congo, WHO scrambles to respond

19 dead, 39 infected in Congo Ebola outbreak: WHO

The Nigeria Football Federation will pay out $250,000 for a chartered flight for the DR Congo to fly in for a friendly against the Super Eagles.

This is the DRC's ninth EVD outbreak since the virus was discovered in the country in 1976.

The WHO is anxious about the disease reaching the city of Mbandaka with a population of about 1 million people, which would make the outbreak far harder to tackle. Pinnick said the necessary precautions and screenings will be carried out on the DRC contingent, which incidentally will be dominated by players who play their football overseas. Congo's government authorized the use of the vaccine last week.

42 more cases of the Ebola virus disease in the ongoing outbreak in have been reported.

The first batch of 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines to combat an outbreak suspected to have killed 20 people arrived in Congo's capital Kinshasa on Wednesday, said a Reuters witness at the airport.

In DR Congo identified 11 new cases of infection with Ebola
So far, 23 people have reportedly died and until Thursday, there were more than 40 suspected or confirmed cases. The agency has multiple teams preparing, with each shift in the Congo expected to last four to six weeks.

"The aim is for health officials to start using the vaccine, once it's shipped, by the end of the week, or next week if there are difficulties, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus..."

The vaccines were dispatched from Geneva, Switzerland, by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The Chief Whip, Senator Sola Adeyeye, however, pointed out that the disease, if spread to Nigeria, might have a devastating effect as workers in the country's public health institutions were on strike. Two brothers in Mbandaka who recently stayed in Bikoro for funerals are probable cases, with samples awaiting laboratory confirmation.

"The Senate is anxious that unless we prepare our hospitals, properly equipped with the Ebola vaccine where necessary, this is an epidemic we might be unable to take up and will only cause untold hardship".

"Such aloofness by the government is directly responsible for the escalation of killings and bloodletting in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Kogi, Zamfara, Borno, Yobe, Kaduna states and others parts of the country, where marauders and insurgents are pillaging our citizens as if overlooking the plight of Nigerians has become a state policy".

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