Health officials declared an Ebola outbreak in the country's northwest on Tuesday after lab tests confirmed the deadly virus in two cases from the town of Bikoro in the Equateur province.
World Health Organization and DRC also now monitor for signs that may indicate that the infectious disease is spreading to other areas. Of the 21 initially reported cases on 8 May 2018, 17 had epidemiological links (potential contacts with another suspect case).
Following what, World Health Organization put neighbouring countries including South Sudan on high alert saying it is preparing for the "worst case scenario".
Congo's vast, remote geography also gives it an advantage, as outbreaks are often localised and relatively easy to isolate.
The health ministry said on Thursday it had dispatched a team of 12 experts to the area to try to trace new contacts of the disease, identify the epicentre and all affected villages and provide resources.
As of Wednesday, 32 people are suspected to have been infected with Ebola viral disease, including three health care workers.
An Ebola pandemic quickly decimated West Africa between 2014 and 2016.
That outbreak killed more than 11,300 people out of almost 29,000 registered cases, according to World Health Organization estimates. The $252 million in cuts proposed by Trump is the amount remaining in that Obama-era package, according to a report in The Atlantic magazine - leaving nothing specifically allocated to deal with any future Ebola epidemic. Reminiscing the last outbreak begs the question: Is screening enough?
A separate advisory by health officials cautioned that a high index of suspicion should be practised by medical staff should travellers from the DRC seek treatment in SA‚ for suspected/confirmed Ebola haemorrhagic fever. The last death in the cluster was reported in February, and so far investigators haven't turned up an epidemiologic links between the previous and current outbreaks.
Congo's health ministry on Tuesday, May 8, described the fresh outbreak as a "public health emergency with global impact".
The Ghana Health Service Director said, the Service will continue to educate the public about the early signs which include fever, headache, muscle pain and chills as well as later symptoms where a person may experience internal bleeding resulting in vomiting or coughing blood.
For now, the rare and deadly disease has been confined to the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa.