DR Congo bans handshakes after Ebola outbreak

The World Health Organization has announced that the Ebola virus has killed some 1,552 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, since the outbreak began in January.

DR Congo bans handshakes after Ebola outbreak

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Democratic Republic of Congo has outlawed handshakes due to the current Ebola crisis in West Africa. The country's senate called for curbs of handshakes to help stop the outbreak of the Ebola virus. 

Congolese Health Minister Felix Kabange said Sunday that samples taken from the northwest Equateur province have tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus.

"We have taken all necessary measures to prevent the outbreak of the virus," Kabange told Anadolu Agency.

On Friday, a U.N. radio station reported that at least 75 people had died over the past four weeks from a hemorrhagic fever "of unknown origin" in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The reports came one day after Kabange had put the death toll at only 13.

"The 13 fatalities had developed fever and diarrhea, vomiting blackish material," he had told reporters.

Ebola, a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure, has claimed hundreds of lives in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

The World Health Organization has announced that the Ebola virus has killed some 1,552 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, since the outbreak began in January.

A contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure, it first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

It can be transmitted to humans from wild animals and reportedly spreads through contact with the body fluids of infected persons or of those who have died of the disease.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Ağustos 2014, 13:02
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