Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo are racing to contain an Ebola outbreak which has reportedly killed seventeen people in the town of Bikoro.
The World Health Organization declared an outbreak on Tuesday after laboratory results confirmed two cases of Ebola out of a sample of five suspected patients.
The international health organization says it has released one million dollars from an emergency fund and has deployed more than 50 experts to work with officials in the country to patients and contain the outbreak.
Dr Mamoudou Harouna Djingarey is the Programme Area Manager for Infectious Hazard Management, within the AFRO Health Emergencies Programme Unit of the World Health Organisation.
He spoke to WADR’s Adolphus Mawolo on the phone line from Geneva.