The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that it has sent protective equipment for medical staff to Democratic Republic of Congo, where authorities have confirmed two cases of Ebola in a remote area. WHO Spokesman, Tarik Jasareviche, in response to a query in Geneva, said, “The ministry of health has declared an outbreak and we are treating it as such.” The current Ebola epidemic, which has killed at least 1,427 people, has focused on Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone with several cases also in Nigeria.
Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday after two of eight patients tested for the virus came back positive, Health Minister, Felix Kabange Numbi said. Congolese authorities who went to the remote area found 24 cases of hemorrhagic fever of “unknown origin”including 13 people that had died, Jasarevic said. Of these, two have tested positive for Ebola, but other samples taken from suspect cases are being analysed, he said.