Ebola new outbreak has killed 17 people in northwest DR Congo the Ministry of health said on Tuesday.
According to the report released, Who is working closely with the government of the DRC to rapidly mobilize health partners using the model of a successful response to a similar outbreak in 2017.
Health officials first reported 21 patients with signs of hemorrhagic fever, of which Ebola is one type, in the village of Ikoko Impenge, about 20 miles from the town of Bikoro. Seventeen patients later died, though officials say no deaths have occurred among health workers or the hospitalized since the samples were collected Thursday.
The WHO has now released $1 million from a contingency fund as experts descend on Bikoro to identify patient zero and to help prevent further spread of the disease that has caused nine outbreaks in the Congo since 1976.