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On 8 May 2018, WHO was notified by the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo of two confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease occurring in Bikoro health zone, Equateur province.

The outbreak declaration was made after laboratory results confirmed two cases of Ebola out of a sample of five suspected patients, World Health Organization said.

Nigeria recorded its first case of Ebola in 2014 after a government official named Patrick Sawyer, who had been infected with the virus from Liberia, collapsed on arrival at the airport in country's biggest city, catching health authorities unawares.

Africa's most populous country is taking no chances and health minister Isaac Adewole told CNN that people traveling from the Central African country where 17 people are suspected to have died from the viral hemorrhagic fever, will undergo temperature screening at all borders of the country.

Ngalebato says that among the new suspected cases is a woman from Ikoko Impenge, the epicenter of the outbreak some 30km from Bikoro.

The two Ebola cases were confirmed as the Zaire strain after officials in the capital, Kinshasa, were alerted early this month to the deaths of 17 people from a hemorrhagic fever and traveled to the Bikoro area to perform tests.

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Zambia on Thursday announced heightened surveillance measures following fresh outbreak of Ebola in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). However, those cases were not confirmed through testing. "We have isolated them".

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry said it had dispatched a team of 12 experts to the northwest to try to trace new contacts of the disease, identify the epicentre and all affected villages and provide resources.

Nigeria have already taken measures to stop the disease from entering the country through its border, by tightening security at several entry points.

Congo's long experience of Ebola and its vast, remote geography mean outbreaks are often localised and relatively easy to isolate and snuff out.

Ebola is most feared for the internal and external bleeding it can cause in its victims owing to damage done to blood vessels.

Ikoko Impenge is located in the northwestern portion of the country near the Congo River, which is a major trade and transportation route.


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