19 dead, 39 infected so far in Congo Ebola outbreak

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Ebola is a highly infectious disease spread through contact with even small amounts of bodily fluid of an infected person.

Dr Tedros led a WHO delegation that included among others Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, and Dr Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response.

The declaration followed laboratory results that confirmed two cases of the disease.

As of 13 May, 39 total Ebola cases have been reported in the area in the past five weeks, including 2 confirmed, 20 probable (including 18 deaths), and 17 suspected. He said World Health Organization has an agreement with DRC including all the necessary registration and import permits. She added that two of those contacts had got to the provincial capital, Mbandaka.

"We're concerned because this is a city of 1 million people", she said. Some deaths occurring as early as January have not yet been linked to the epidemic. "Work is under way to determine the beginning of this epidemic".

Ebola caused global alarm in 2014 when the world's worst outbreak began in West Africa, killing more than 11,300 people and infecting an estimated 28,600 as it swept through Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Congo suffered eight previous Ebola epidemics.

Bikoro health zone is almost 150 km from Mbandaka, capital of Equateur Province in an area of the country that is very hard to reach.

Congo's nine neighbours have been put on high alert in case Ebola crosses a border, especially to Republic of Congo or Central African Republic. Information about the outbreak in Bikoro, Iboko and Wangata health zones in Equateur province was still limited, the WHO said in a statement.

Although the DRC outbreak is of a different strain, the experimental vaccine is still thought to be safe and effective.

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