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Kenya on alert as DRC Ebola outbreak kills 17

Ebola Virus Disease, which raged in some African countries, has returned in northwest part of Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, killing 17 people.

Cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in an area of Congo facing an Ebola epidemic as long ago as December and the first deaths were reported in January, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, as four new suspected cases surfaced.

Most of the cases have been recorded around the village of Ikoko Impenge, near the northwestern town of Bikoro.

Researchers found there was just a small number of so-called "superspreaders" - highly infectious people who infect many others - in West Africa. He says the situation calls for an immediate and energetic response.

Officials from the World Health Organization and other global health agencies are in the area to help contain the outbreak's spread.

FAAN's spokesperson, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu said relevant agencies including the Port Health Services have been mobilized and are collaborating effectively to ensure the safety of passengers and other airport users.

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Adewole explained, "Of course, of great concern to the Federal Executive Council is the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo".

"But what is also particularly important was that on Monday, blood samples from five patients in the DRC, particularly in a particular district in DRC, two of the five cases, Ebola was actually confirmed". Screening had been stepped up since the latest outbreak in Congo.

A health worker sprays a colleague with disinfectant during a training session for Congolese health workers to deal with the Ebola virus in Kinshasa on October 21, 2014. The virus was first discovered there in 1976 (when the country was known as Zaire) and is named after the Ebola river.

"The action plan prepared by the health ministry has been approved", an official statement released after a cabinet meeting said.

There have been at least 17 deaths in the area where the Ebola outbreak was confirmed. "Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease".

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