Public Service Announcement: Ghana Health Service Issues Ebola Alert

Mass vaccination not enough to prevent Ebola outbreak

Of the suspected cases, two have been confirmed as Ebola using laboratory tests, and 10 samples are awaiting results.

Eighteen people died as of Friday, including a nurse.

Congo's minister of health on Thursday announced the first death since a new Ebola outbreak was declared in the country. Salama noted that the organization was concerned over the situation in the country and was preparing for the worst-case scenario development. Some 462 million people are living in the areas affected by Ebola virus outbreaks, many of them in very remote rural areas. "The last epidemic affected the entire continent, but it is not the same case this time", said the CS while addressing journalists at the airport on Friday. Those who help bury or clean the bodies of the infected are also at high risk.

The overall risk at the regional level is considered moderate because of the proximity to the Congo river, which links with both the capitals of the Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

The WHO has also put Congo's nine neighbours on high alert, with most concern for Congo Republic, which shares a long border with it on the Congo and Ubangi rivers, and Central African Republic to the north, although the risk of worldwide spread was still seen as low.

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The healthcare ministry included that Nigeria was thinking about sending a team of health employees into the DRC to assist contain the outbreak.

Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told the Washington Post that Ebola outbreaks are unsafe in an increasingly urbanizing Africa because once infections spread to a metropolitan area, they become much more hard to control.

Ebola caused alarm globally in 2013 when the world's worst outbreak began in West Africa - killing more than 11,300 people and infecting an estimated 28,600 as it swept through Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. "There are no deaths yet, but all of the sick are presenting signs of fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain and intense fatigue". The virus is also spread through sexual contact.

There is no current vaccine to prevent Ebola or licensed treatment for it.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission, either through direct contact with bodily fluids such as blood or secretions or contact with materials that are contaminated with these liquids.

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