The US is worried about the outbreak of Ebola in the eastern Congo, which is in conflicts where 312 confirmed and probable cases and 191 deaths were found, said the USAID official on Thursday.
"We are completely concerned about the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," said a senior USAID official working with Response Groups. "At present, it is not possible to compare the outbreak that took place in West Africa in 2014", which expanded to nine countries and included more than 28,000 cases, she said.
However, he cares that the current outbreak was an active conflict zone in North Kivu, which makes health professionals difficult to detect and isolate cases, the official said.
"This is happening in the area of active conflict, so physical uncertainty is a constant challenge and complexity of ongoing response efforts," said an official speaking on condition of anonymity.
"At this moment, we do not see cases that spread to an incredibly large geographical area," said the official, adding that most of the cases in the city of Beni and increasingly in the nearby Butembo.
The rate of new cases has accelerated in recent weeks, and the neighboring Uganda has said that it will begin to vaccinate some of its health care workers against Ebola if viral haemorrhagic fever has spread from the Congo.
The WHO Committee said that the outbreak was not yet a state of emergency in public health, which is internationally worrying.
USAID official said that more than a dozen of professional experts have been deployed to the country to work with the Congolese Ministry of Health, since the outbreak was first reported in August.
Since then, the United States has also deployed disaster and health experts from USAID and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
An official has renounced security threats from armed groups in order to provide details of responses and funding.
The Congo suffered 10 Ebola outbreaks as the virus was detected near its Ebola River in 1976.
The official said that experience from the crisis in the West African crisis in Eboli was currently being used in Congo, including improved approaches to treatment and isolation that enable better patient care.
Reporting by Lesley Wroughton
Editing by Leslie Adler