Two cases of the Ebola virus confirmed in DRC
- Author: Rogelio Becker May 09, 2018,
May 09, 2018, 5:34
A source in the central African country's ministry of health said more details would be provided in a formal announcement later today.
The worst Ebola epidemic in history ended in West Africa just two years ago after killing more than 11,300 people and infected some 28,600 as it rolled through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Congo's government has declared a new outbreak of Ebola in the country's rural northwest.
Ebola is thought to be spread by fruit bats, which can host the virus without dying. The last Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo occurred in 2017 in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province, in the northern part of the country and was quickly contained thanks to joint efforts by the Government of DRC, WHO and many different partners.
Ebola is endemic to the DRC, which has battled the disease nine times since the virus was first identified in 1976.
Despite regular outbreaks every few years, death tolls in Congo have been significantly lower. A report was released by Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine which said that the speed of the response and lack of reliability led to human suffering and chaos. With a fatality rate of fifty percent, World Health Organization is mobilizing to act quickly to address the outbreak of the virus.
Congo's health ministry has confirmed two cases of Ebola in this central African country, a resurgence almost 10 months after the end of an earlier outbreak. About half of those who contract Ebola die from it.
Ebola occasionally jumps to humans from animals, including bats and monkeys.
Controlling the spread in the community is combatted by tracing and isolating people who have been in contact with an Ebola victim.
"Working with partners and responding early and in a co-ordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease".
The WHO described the outbreak as "a public health crisis of global importance". Health facilities in Bikoro have very limited functionality, and rely on global organizations to provide supplies that frequently stock out.
The WHO said in the coming days it will deploy epidemiologists, logisticians, clinicians, infection prevention and control experts, risk communication specialists, and vaccination support teams. Spencer was taken to Bellevue hospital to undergo testing where he was officially diagnosed with the Ebola virus on October 23.