Pelosi slams Trump move to clawback Ebola funds amid Congo outbreak

Seventeen people in northwest Democratic

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Ebola deadly virus that raged in some West African countries several years ago, staged a return in northwest part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), killing 17 people.

The Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo deployed Rapid Response Teams to investigate cases and deaths reported in Bikoro health zone in the Equateur province.

"We are very concerned and planning for all scenarios, including the worst-case scenario", Peter Salama, WHO's Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response said.

After announcing the first confirmed death a day ago in a new outbreak of the virus, Congo's health minister said 11 other were confirmed to be infected, including three medical staff.

In a report Thursday, the World Health Organization said the risk to public health from this outbreak is now assessed as being high at the local level, moderate at the regional level, and low at the global level.

"DRC is more than 3,000km away, but we are already prepared for screening all the targeted areas where Ebola can come into the country".

The Ministry of Health affirms that there is NO case of Ebola in the country.

At a media briefing in Geneva, Peter Salama, MBBS, MPH, said the outbreak area near Bikoro-located about 174 miles from the provincial capital city of Mbandaka-has few paved roads and little electricity, and now the only way to get supplies in is by motorbike.

He said the World Health Organization had alerted the nine neighbouring countries but now regarded the risk of regional spread as "moderate".

This is particularly to the provincial capital of one million people. "We know from previous outbreaks that the DRC are ready to act, but they need global support to ensure this outbreak is contained effectively", said Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome's director and a specialists in infectious diseases. Bikoro has a population of about 163,000 spread over an area of approximately 1,075 square kilometers (415 square miles).

The virus spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected person or even a primate or fruit bat. The $252 million in cuts proposed by Trump is the amount remaining in that Obama-era package, according to a report in The Atlantic magazine - leaving nothing specifically allocated to deal with any future Ebola epidemic.

DR Congo has suffered a number of Ebola outbreaks in recent years, but has largely managed to contain them. We probably won't know for sure what went wrong in this outbreak, but blame has been placed on the slow response of the worldwide community, the fragility of the region's health services, and the failure of public health campaigns to reach all people.

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