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Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have confirmed one more case of Ebola.

It was gathered that this case is connected to the first case, reported earlier this month, of a nurse who died in the resurgence of the virus in the eastern DR Congo.

According to the World Health Organization, the country has now confirmed seven cases and four deaths. 

More than 250 health workers and high-risk contacts have been vaccinated.

The country launched a vaccination campaign seven days after the resurgence.

A suspected case of Ebola in Liberia has been detected in a woman who came from the Guinean town of Nzérékoré, which is in the region of a new outbreak of the virus.

Liberia’s Health Minister Wilhelmina Jallah has told the BBC that specimens had been collected from the woman who is currently being isolated in a unit of a leading hospital in the capital, Monrovia.

Jallah disclosed that the woman had gone to a local clinic showing malaria-related symptoms before she was transferred to the hospital for further examinations. The woman was then considered a suspected case, but her actual status would only become known after the result of tests

The Federal government has put health workers on red alert following the resurgence of the Ebola epidemic in Guinea.

Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said they would monitor all entry points to pick out any suspected cases, local media reports.

Nigeria’s Port Health Services have been put on alert on land, sea and air borders and all major hospitals have also been put on notice to alert health workers to have a keen index of suspicion and to check patient travel history, especially at Outpatient Departments, and report concerns to infectious disease focal persons and the state epidemiologists without hesitation. Stricter infection prevention and control measures, including personal protective measures, must be taken immediately there is reason to suspect. Nigeria is willing to send experienced volunteers from our Centres of Excellence on viral hemorrhagic fever, to support WHO measures to contain Ebola resurgence in our West African subregion. It is important to protect the subregion from the catastrophic burden of dealing with two severe diseases of public health concern. We shall work with the West Africa Health Organisation and WHO on strategies to bring this outbreak under control and shall provide regular updates on preparedness, containment, and response measures in due course,” he stated.

About  8,000 Ebola vaccines that were kept in reserve after the last outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being used to fight a resurgence of the disease that began earlier this month.

It is said that the first people to be vaccinated were health workers at Matanda health center, where the first Ebola patient was treated.

They were given the single-dose vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV – better known as Ervebo.

After the death of the first patient on 3 February, three other contact cases tested positive, including a health care worker.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has disclosed it’s fears over an Ebola patient who escaped from a health centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week is spreading the disease.

Community workers are said to be searching for the man and are encouraging people not to hide him.

Health workers wearing protective gear are also standing by to take him back to the clinic in the eastern town of Beni.

The patient is said to be one of six people who tested positive at a time when Congo was preparing to declare the Ebola epidemic earlier this month.

The last Ebola patient being treated in the Democratic Republic of Congo was discharged and went home from a treatment center on Tuesday.

According to the World Health Organization, this is a significant step in the countdown to declaring an end to the world’s second – deadliest outbreak.

The woman was released from the center in Beni town, one of the hotspots of the recent outbreak, which began August 2018, the agency said in a statement.

On Tuesday, W.H.O Africa region tweeted a video of health care workers singing and dancing with the patient as many gathered at the center to celebrate her release from the hospital.

It was added that 46 people who had come in contact with the patient are still being monitored for Ebola symptoms.

While praising the tireless efforts of agencies in the the fight to tackle the outbreak, W.H.O regional director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti called for caution and vigilance.

“It is not yet the end of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We must stay vigilant in the coming weeks and beyond,” Dr. Moeti said in the statement.

The W.H.O estimates that 2,226 people were killed in the current outbreak in Congo — its tenth since the virus was discovered in 1976.

The 20-months-long outbreak was worsened by armed conflict and violence in Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces in which health workers died.

At least 11, 300 people were killed in the largest Ebola outbreak in West Africa between 2014 and 2016.

In February, four countries in Africa: the Democratic Republic of Congo; Burundi; Ghana and Zambia licensed an Ebola vaccine. More countries will be added to the list, the WHO said.