The Ebola cases were all located in the area around Bikoro, close to the Congo River, and around 150 km- about 95 miles - from the provincial capital Mbandaka, which is a busy port city.
With the 14 confirmed Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the health officials are working towards controlling the Ebola outbreak in the city which has over 1 million people.
"This puts a whole different lens on this outbreak and gives us increased urgency to move very quickly into Mbandaka to stop this new first sign of transmission", he said. That new death had epidemiological ties to another case.
These would be given as a priority to people in Mbandaka who had been in contact with those suspected of carrying the Ebola virus before people in any other affected area, Mr Salama said. No details were given on the death's links to the newly confirmed case. One nurse had died, and three others were among suspected cases since the outbreak began.
On Wednesday more than 4,000 doses of an experimental vaccine sent by the World Health Organization arrived in Kinshasa with another batch expected soon.
"We're certainly not trying to cause any panic in the national or global community", he said. But "urban Ebola can result in an exponential increase in cases in a way that rural Ebola struggles to do". Under surveillance is placed, as mentioned above, more than five hundred people, one way or another had contact with the infected. "All must be done to isolate the Ebola cases, especially since there has been a case in Mbandaka city", said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, who is also the EU Ebola Coordinator.
Ebola epidemics in Africa 1976-2017
It will be used to protect health workers and "rings" of contacts around each case.
WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said in a statement: "The arrival of Ebola in an urban area is very concerning".
This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in DRC since 1976, when the disease was first identified.
Ebola is thought to be spread over long distances by fruit bats and is often transmitted to humans eating contaminated bushmeat - meat from wild animals such as monkeys or antelopes.
According to Seipone, symptoms of Ebola virus disease include a fever of acute onset (37.5oC) with unexplained bleeding tendencies from the nose (epistasis), gums, vagina, skin or eyes, bloody stools, vomiting and coughing blood, diarrhoea, deterioration of vision or decreased consciousness. The virus can be fatal in up to 90% of cases, depending on the strain.
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