New potential Ebola outbreak in Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prepared itself for possible 10th Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, the DRC Ministry of Public Health said in a press release.
"Since the Ebola virus has a natural reservoir located in the equatorial forest, the country must expect to face a tenth epidemic and prepare for it. Thus, all the activities supported by the Government in the context of this epidemic follow this logic. This includes the establishment of an emergency operations center in Mbandaka and the expansion and strengthening of the Kinshasa emergency operations center," the DRC Ministry of Public Health stated.
The ministry added that current efforts against the EVD outbreak were focused in the health zone of Itipo.
As of Friday, a total of 59 cases of haemorrhagic fever were reported in the DRC, including 38 confirmed, 14 probable and 7 suspected cases, according to the ministry.
The DRC also aims to increase healthcare access in the country, as well as to reach universal health coverage for the country's citizens, according to the statement.
The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans from animals and is estimated by the World Health Organization to have a 50-percent fatality rate.