Ebola fear haunts Congo

Nine people have died in northwest Congo over the last week of an illness that has symptoms similar to the feared Ebola fever.

    Ebola killed 100 people in 2001 and 2002 in northwest Congo

    A senior health official said clinical symptoms of the victims showed the illness was the haemorrhagic fever Ebola.

    "A medical team visited the region to take some samples which will be analysed at the Fraceville Biological Research Centre in Gabon to give us confirmation," Damaze Bozongo, director general of health in the Mbomo region said.

    Bozongo said the outbreak occurred in a village called Mbanza.

    Five members of a family in Mbanza died after having eaten the meat of a wild boar found dead in a forest by hunters.

    The victims showed all the typical symptoms of the Ebola, including high fever, bloody diarrhea, headaches and vomiting.

    In 2001 and 2002, more than 100 people died of Ebola in Mbomo and the neighbouring Kelle district.

    The virus was apparenmtly transmitted to local tribes people when they ate the flesh of dead gorillas. There is no known cure for Ebola.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    When somebody dies lonely and alone, Miyu Kojima steps in to clean their home and organise the mementos of their life.

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    Much of India's media spurns a scoop about the son of PM Modi's right-hand man. Plus, NFL as platform for race politics.