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Congo student with Ebola still finds a way to take college exams

Congo student with Ebola still finds a way to take college exams

The United States could bolster the battle against the Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo by allowing more of its experts to travel to the outbreak zone, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Friday.

The current wave of infections in Beni has involved more cases and is now longer than the initial wave in that region, early in the outbreak, which began nearly a year ago.

The 2014 Ebola outbreak that took place in West Africa directly affected Texans when Thomas Eric Duncan, of Liberia, flew to Dallas and ended up at a hospital where two nurses who had initial contact with him also contracted the virus. "Rebel groups and poachers go back and forth across the border".

Over the last week has recorded 91 cases of Ebola and was 75 deaths outside the Congo of infection are absent. Yesterday WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, issued a statement praising Rwanda for its ongoing Ebola preparedness efforts.

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The decision, announced in a note issued on Wednesday by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, cited last week's decision by the World Health Organization to declare the Ebola outbreak an global emergency.

In addition to a detailed National Preparedness Plan, the country is training health workers in early detection and response, educating communities about Ebola, vaccinating health workers in high-risk areas, equipping health facilities, and conducting simulation exercises to maintain a high level of readiness.

They say the funding would meet about half the needs of a new Ebola response plan which is due to be agreed by the Congolese government and an global consortium.

"But as long as the outbreak continues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there is a very real risk of spread to neighbouring countries".