WHO confirms second Ebola case in Congo outbreak

The recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, Nigeria's Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has called on health care providers and the general public to be vigilant and intensify awareness on the symptoms of haemorrhagic fevers.

In response, the Nigerian government observed all of Sawyer's contacts for signs of infection and increased surveillance at all entry points to the country.

Health officials are attempting to find 125 people who they believe to be connected to the identified cases in the northeastern part of Congo, WHO's Congo spokesman Eugene Kabambi told Reuters.

Three people have died so far.

GENEVA Switzerland (Xinhua) - A steady stream of refugees continue to cross from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) into the neighboring Angola, with more than 3,000 having arrived in the last few days, according to the latest information from the UN. The agency has for a while now, been strengthening states' capacities to detect, manage and respond to hemorrhagic fevers including Lassa fever.

The minister urged Nigerians not to panic as the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) was equipped to secure the health of citizens.

A health worker sprays a colleague with disinfectant during a training session for Congolese health workers to deal with Ebola virus in Kinshasa October 21, 2014. "Patients with more severe cases show bleeding under the skin, internal organs or even from bodily orifices like mouth, nose and ears".

It comes just a year after an Ebola epidemic in West Africa killed more than 11,300 people, majority in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Both Congo and its western neighbor, Republic of Congo, have experienced Ebola outbreaks in the past and global organizations have said they are ready to assist in the event of an epidemic.

The World Health Organisation said the first victim was a man who was confirmed as having Ebola on 22 April around 870 miles from the country's capital Kinshasa.

This followed the outbreak of the disease in Congo.

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