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article imageFirst Ebola, Now Typhoid: Health Threats Grow

By Bob Ewing     Sep 20, 2007 in World
The Kasai province of the Democratic republic of the Congo is dealing with an outbreak of Ebola fever, now to make matters worse the presence of typhoid has been confirmed. Five cases have been confirmed.
The ongoing investigations into the recent outbreak of Ebola in the Kampungu, western Kasai Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being hampered by new outbreaks of typhoid fever.
Five cases of typhoid have been confirmed in the region.
"We are seeing multiple causes for the reports of illness and death. We are not able to say what proportion is suffering from what disease. The response is complicated because we are dealing with more than one disease." Said Gregory Hartl, WHO communications advisor.
On site laboratories have been set up along with an isolation ward and there are plans to set up more wards in Mweka and Luebo areas.
Hartl added "So far, we do not have the full epidemiological picture as to how many cases there really are. All cases of Ebola were being isolated in order to halt the spread of the disease.
"All regional medical officers have been instructed to keep on alert because people from eastern parts of DRC enter into Tanzania," Wilson Mukama, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, said.
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