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United Kingdom funds to help Congo tackle Ebola outbreak

United Kingdom funds to help Congo tackle Ebola outbreak

A doctor and a nursing sister were threatened by locals after they were accused of bringing the disease to their communities, while people in one town prevented medics from testing the body of someone suspected to have died from Ebola, officials said. Many of them follow religious and traditional practices, especially during funerals, which are not necessarily aligned with health recommendations.

The WHO's plan for Congo assumes each rural Ebola case would have 10 potentially infected contacts and each urban case would have 30.

Though many analysts had called for cancellation of the game, on account of a fresh outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo, Ibitoye stressed at the weekend that the story has been overblown.

"Right now, we're thinking the risk of importation of Ebola to the United States is very low", Skinner said. There are also four new suspected cases in the province, the statement reported.

Worldwide development secretary Penny Mordaunt said last week the fresh support would help the central African country strengthen its health systems to treat and manage the growing number of Ebola cases.

With symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and at times internal and external bleeding, the virus can be fatal in up to 90 percent of cases, depending on the strain.

It then spread to the city of Mbandaka, populated by 1,2 million people. Ebola can be transmitted through bodily fluids from either the living and the dead.

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A photo of Catholic bishops praying for a priest allegedly infected with Ebola in Congo has gone viral.

UNICEF staffer Jean Claude Nzengu (c.) talks with members of an Ebola vaccination team as they prepare to administer the vaccine in an Ebola-affected community in Mbandaka, Congo. NOK 2 million of this amount will be used on equipment developed in Norway and specialist personnel who will train health care workers in the use of this equipment.

Vaccines can help curb the spread of Ebola.

The outbreak was announced in May, and according to the World Health Organization, it has been under control, with no spreading over the borders.

Just one Ebola death in the current outbreak has been confirmed so far. Meanwhile, millions of dollars from the Congolese government and worldwide aid have been allocated to combat the spread of the deadly disease, including up to $8 million from the U.S. Agency for global Development.

This is Congo's ninth Ebola outbreak since 1976, when the hemorrhagic fever was first identified.