An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the north-west corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The outbreak was declared on Tuesday (May 8), after lab tests revealed two confirmed cases of the virus.
But, now health officials have revealed the first death since the latest outbreak, with another 17 suspected cases currently being treated.
The patient that died was a nurse, and three other nurses are being treated for Ebola.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the DR Congo’s Government to contain the viral outbreak.
“This situation worries us and requires a very immediate and energetic response,” said Minister of Health, Oly Ilunga.
The WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, added: “We know that addressing this outbreak will require a comprehensive and coordinated response.
“WHO will work closely with health authorities and partners to support the national response.
“We will gather more samples, conduct contact tracing, engage the communities with messages on prevention and control, and put in place methods for improving data collection and sharing.”
The latest Ebola outbreak comes after the 2014/2015 epidemic in West Africa.
More than 11,000 people died from the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone during the outbreak.
People most at risk of Ebola infection are those that care for infected people, the NHS said.
The risk of an Ebola outbreak in the UK remains negligible, it added.
Ebola symptoms can include a very high temperature, a headache, or a sore throat.
Other signs may include severe muscle weakness, or joint and muscle pain.
Ebola symptoms usually start within two to 21 days of becoming infected.
After the initial symptoms, patients may develop diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain and reduced kidney or liver function.
The patient could bleed internally, leading to bleeding form the ears, eyes, nose or mouth.
But, if you do become ill, you should see your GP or call NHS 111.
It’s unlikely to be caused by Ebola, but you should mention any recent travel history to your GP.
Your doctor may suggest you take a blood test, or ask for a urine or stool sample, so it can be checked for any infections.
Published at Fri, 11 May 2018 08:26:00 +0000