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Doctor In Eastern Congo Contracts Ebola In ‘Dreaded’ Scenario – WHO

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Doctor In Eastern Congo Contracts Ebola

A doctor has become the first probable Ebola case in one of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s “high insecurity zones” which are dogged by militia violence and hard to access, a scenario “we have all been dreading”, the WHO said on Friday.

Since the outbreak erupted on Aug. 1, 103 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola have been identified in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, including 63 deaths, the health ministry said in an overnight update.

The doctor living in Oicha town in North Kivu has been re-hospitalised with Ebola symptoms after his wife was confirmed as having the disease when she traveled to the nearby city of Beni, Dr. Peter Salama, the World Health Organization’s head of emergency operations, said.

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Oicha is almost entirely surrounded by ADF Ugandan Islamist militia, there are “extremely serious security concerns”, he said. Aid workers, priests and government officials are held hostage in the area, he said.

The doctor’s initial test for Ebola – which causes vomiting, fever and diarrhoea – had been negative, but fresh results are awaited, Salama told Reuters.

So far 97 of the doctor’s contacts who may have been exposed to the virus have been identified, and vaccination has begun in the town, he added.

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“So for the first time really we have a confirmed case and contacts in an area of very high insecurity. It really was the problem we were anticipating and the problem at same time that we were dreading,” Salama told a news briefing.

WHO and health experts reached Oicha with armed escort by MONUSCO troops this week, he said, adding: “We know from that incident now in Oicha we are going to have to operate in some very complex environments due to security and access concerns.”

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In a further worrying development, angry youth burned down a health centre in another village, where vaccinations were under way, after learning of a death from Ebola, Salama said.

More than 2,900 people have been vaccinated against Ebola since the outbreak began, he said.

“We are at quite a pivotal moment in this outbreak in terms of the evolution of the outbreak epidemiologically and in terms of the response,” he said.

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan To Visit South Africa and Angola

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan To Visit South Africa and Angola

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, John Sullivan is visiting South Africa and Angola this week.  Although the aim is to strengthen bilateral relations with the two countries, it is believed when he meets with South Africa, the contentious Venezuela vote in the United Nations will come up.

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South Africa voted against a US resolution in the UN Security Council that Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, should be recognized as president until elections are held. In other words, South Africa voted against removing Nicolas Maduro as Venezuelan president.

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On the Angolan side, the U.S. commends the country’s new President Joao Lourenco for stamping out corruption.  Sullivan will also discuss strengthening bilateral ties with the nation.

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Kenya: Fire Razes Section Of Toi Market In Kibera

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Kenya: Fire Razes Section Of Toi Market In Kibera

A huge fire has razed a section of Toi market in Kibera, some seven kilometers from Nairobi’s central business district.

Witnesses say the fire broke out at about 3a.m. local time on Tuesday and, within three hours, it had reduced to ashes property worth millions of shillings.

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At the same time, the flames had spread fast.  Shanties, including those in residential areas, were said to have smouldered after being burnt to the ground.

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The open-air market, famous for used clothes, fresh produce, artefacts and toys, is located on the outskirts of Kibera Slum, one of the biggest informal settlements in Africa.

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The market is a meeting place for thousands of buyers and sellers, but it has suffered devastating fire incidents every year since 2014.

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Singapore: Jewel Changi Airport To Open Next Month

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Singapore: Jewel Changi Airport To Open Next Month

The wait is finally over for travelers who frequently fly into Singapore’s Changi Airport.

More than five years since revealing plans for the airport’s stunning new addition, officials have announced that the “Jewel Changi Airport” complex will open to the public in the first week of next month.

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The distinctive doughnut-shaped jewel is first and foremost a central hub in connecting three of Changi Airport’s current four terminals.

Conceived by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie as a new “magical garden,” Jewel Changi Airport is nearly one and a half million square feet.  It is reported to have cost a whopping one and a quarter billion dollars to build.

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