“This is very sad news, and we must continue to do everything in our power to save the lives of anyone else who may have contracted the virus. To date, at least 145 people have been listed as contacts,” said Dr. Fiona Braca, a response team leader. for emergencies at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, in a statement sent to CNN.
The woman began experiencing symptoms on April 13, Baraka said, adding that “responders are working intensively to find anyone who may have interacted with her when she had symptoms and are closely monitoring her health.”
Baraka added that she was buried “safely and with dignity.”
The World Health Organization said over the weekend that the initial patient began experiencing symptoms on April 5 and sought treatment at a local health facility before being admitted to an Ebola treatment center on April 21 for intensive care. The organization confirmed that he died later that day.
“The disease had an early onset for two weeks and we are now playing catch-up. The positive news is that health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have more experience than anyone else in the world in bringing the Ebola outbreak under control quickly.”
Vaccines will be dispatched to Mbandaka and administered through a “circular vaccination” strategy – contacts and contacts are vaccinated to reduce the spread of the virus and protect lives.
Previous outbreaks in Equateur province were in 2020 when 130 cases were reported, and in 2018, when 54 cases were recorded, the World Health Organization said.
The World Health Organization has said that Ebola is a serious disease, with mortality rates ranging from 25% to 90% in previous outbreaks, however, effective treatments are now available that improve the chances of survival.
“Many people in Mbandaka have already been vaccinated against Ebola, which will help reduce the impact of the disease,” Moeti said. “All those vaccinated during the 2020 outbreak will be revaccinated.”
The central African country has experienced more Ebola outbreaks than any other country since the virus was first detected near the Ebola River in the northern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976.