Tedros in DR Congo as Ebola death toll hits 1427

A health worker checks the temperature of a woman while screening for the Ebola virus

A health worker checks the temperature of a woman while screening for the Ebola virus

Health minister Sicily Kariuki told reporters the woman's case does not fit the definition of Ebola as he toured the Nairobi global airport to see how arriving passengers are screened for symptoms of fever.

The additional three people placed in isolation were a husband to the first female patient and two of her friends. Zaire Ebola was also the virus found in the outbreak in Equateur province, in western DRC earlier in 2018, although a different strain than is affecting the current outbreak.

The additional funding comes ahead of Friday's World Health Organization meeting to discuss whether the Ebola outbreak in DR Congo should be declared a public health emergency of worldwide concern.

While those crossing the DRC-Uganda border should be screened for the disease, the World Health Organization is not recommending Ebola checks at airports.

"I wish to reassure all Kenyans and our visitors that we do not have any cases of Ebola".

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"This has been an incredible meeting where I have got an opportunity to learn, with pleasure, that, the Ministry of Health is on top of the Ebola response in Uganda, with enormous support from the partners", Dr. Tedros said in a tweet.

Two Ugandan relatives died during the week after attending the funeral of a deceased relative of Ebola in the DRC. Similarly, it cites anti-vaccine misinformation campaigns in the US, Ukraine and elsewhere as allowing measles to spread furiously among people who are fearful and confused.

The WHO says an expert committee has been alerted for a possible meeting to discuss whether to declare the Ebola outbreak a global health emergency.

On Friday, the World Health Organization said that Ebola outbreak - which has ravished eastern Congo from 2018 - should not cause a global scare as chances of an worldwide outbreak are still low. "Our fear is that once we are there we become victims of the situation", one humanitarian worker said.

Vaccination of those contacts and health workers with a Merck experimental vaccine is to start on Saturday, he said.

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The WHO panel has used the label "public health emergency of worldwide concern" only four times previously.

The family likely did not pass through official border points, where all travelers are screened for a high temperature and isolated if they show signs of illness.

The country has not yet been touched by the often fatal viral disease that causes violent vomiting and diarrhoea, impairs kidney and liver function, and sometimes internal and external bleeding.

Uganda has had multiple outbreaks of Ebola - considered one of the most lethal pathogens in existence - since 2000.

Since the disease was discovered in DRC in 1976, the worst epidemic was recorded between 2014 and 2016 claiming over 11,000 lives in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

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