Ebola, Ebola outbreak

The death of another person in Congo due to Ebola has been confirmed, and with this death, the total number of death has risen to 12 due to this outbreak. The death which has been reported has been from Iboko, which is a rural area in northwestern Equateur province, as per the health ministry said in the statement.

The report also shows that the province has reported four new cases of Ebola and Congo now has 35 confirmed Ebola cases. As per Health workers, they have identified the patients who have been infected with Ebola in three areas which are in Equateur province, rural Bikoro, Iboko and Mbandaka, which is the provincial capital of about 1.2million which is transport hub on the Congo River.

Oly IIunga Kalenga who is the Congolese Health Minister has flown by helicopter to Bikoro and Iboko on Saturday to see the deployment of the health workers whose main work is to trace the people who are in contact with Ebola cases and give them the new experimental vaccine. The vaccine campaign will start on Monday.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), next few weeks are crucial in determining the outbreak which was announced since May 2018 and whether it can bring under control or not. The main factors that are creating problems for workers are that it spread to the major city. WHO is now using a “Ring vaccination” which targets the people who are contacted or suspected of this infection. These types of people which is about 600 have already been identified.

WHO is now making efforts with other nine countries to prevent the Ebola outbreak from spreading there and said that the regional risk is very high.

As per Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is the World Health Organisation Director-General said, “I am personally committed to ensuring that we do everything we can to stop this outbreak as soon as possible” on Saturday in Geneva. This is Congo’s ninth Ebola outbreak which is since 1976, and at that time the hemorrhagic fever was identified. Till now there is no specific treatment has developed for Ebola. The symptoms which include fever, diarrhea, muscle pain, vomiting and sometimes internal and external bleeding. The virus is said to be fatal up to 90 percent of cases which depends on the strain.


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