Ebola deaths rise to 26, says Congo health ministry

UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac said schools are crucial for minimizing the risk of transmission among children

A doctor and a nursing sister were threatened by locals after they were accused of bringing the disease to their communities, while people in one town prevented medics from testing the body of someone suspected to have died from Ebola, officials said, as Reuters reported. Many of them follow religious and traditional practices, especially during funerals, which are not necessarily aligned with health recommendations.

Vaccination is expected to start in Bikoro on Monday, targeting people who have been in contact with confirmed Ebola cases and contacts of these contacts.

Dr. Hoven observed that evidence from the 2016 outbreak had concluded that the adverse impact of Ebola stretched far beyond Ebola cases and deaths, statement said.

In relation to Monday's clash with the Central African nation, where Ebola is said to have originated in the first instance, Ibitoye stressed that the Eagles are fully focused on their upcoming friendly against the Leopards. There are also four new suspected cases in the province, said the statement. Symptoms of Ebola include vomiting, fever, muscle pain, diarrhea, and external or internal bleeding. The virus is initially transmitted to people from wild animals, including bats and monkeys. It is spread via with bodily fluids of those infected.

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The ministry of health, Congo has confirmed another Ebola death, increasing the death toll to 12.

The vaccination campaign is already under way in Mbandaka, where four Ebola cases have been confirmed.

This is good news after the deadly disease in the heavily populated port city in northwest Congo that is believed to have killed 22 people since April.

UNICEF staffer Jean Claude Nzengu (c.) talks with members of an Ebola vaccination team as they prepare to administer the vaccine in an Ebola-affected community in Mbandaka, Congo.

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"We who are on the front lines of caring for the sick".

Preparation of the Ebola vaccine.

She said what the world needs now is increased investment in the health workforce, with well trained and supported health professionals, and this should be accompanied by well supplied health care settings, decent working conditions and a far better global and national surveillance system.

"Our experience in managing outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever has demonstrated the need to intervene as early as possible", said Solenne Barbe, "so that we can reinforce protective measures and explain to people who have been in contact with infected persons the need to notify medical personnel".

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