A mobile lab established by the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Health Ministry with support of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the north-western town of Bikoro to tackle the ongoing Ebola outbreak will be operational on May 16, Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesman, told Sputnik on Monday.
The plan is to employ a ring vaccination approach, vaccinating anyone who has been in contact with a case to prevent continuing spread of the virus.
Two probable cases (positive on rapid diagnostic test) were reported on 13 May 2018. World Health Organization has said it is preparing for "the worst case scenario" as it deals with a recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from spreading any further. It struck northern Equateur in 2014, killing 49 people in cases unrelated to the epidemic in West Africa that year in which more than 11,000 people died. According to Jašarević, this is the ninth Ebola outbreak in DRC and that it is "endemic" to the country.
Tedros led a WHO delegation that included Matshidiso Moeti, MD, WHO regional director for Africa, and Peter Salama, MD, WHO deputy director-general, emergency preparedness and response.
The current outbreak is in a relatively remote area, with poor roads that both slow transmission and slow the access of responders as well.
The WHO and others have deployed many experts to the area, including epidemiologists, people skilled at contact tracing, and anthropologists who are already learning about local customs.More news: Wife of PGA golfer Lucas Glover arrested on domestic violence charges
"We must situate the index case in each site to see if the cases are linked or if they are separate epidemics", said Muyembe, who was in the team that researched the first recorded Ebola outbreak.
"We are very concerned and we are planning for all scenarios, including the worst-case scenario", Salama said.
Kenyan's traveling to DRC can not get the vaccine because it is still experimental and has not been approved for commercial use. "It's a highly complex operation in one of the most hard terrains in the world". The virus spreads through bodily fluids, including vomit and blood. In fact, during the large West Africa outbreak, another Ebola popped up in the DRC (66 cases) and was promptly detected and contained.
Finally, News Agency of Nigeria reported that a passenger at Uganda's Entebbe International Airport is being held in isolation in an Entebbe hospital after showing some symptoms of Ebola virus disease.
Elsewhere in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Direct Relief is also supporting the efforts of Save the Children to respond to the needs of displaced people, and continues to be in dialogue with Congolese health authorities in terms of where best to meet health needs throughout the country.