The latest news from the current Ebola outbreak in Africa shows that the situation is getting worse. Last weekend, the Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry has announced that from 201
So far, the outbreak has concentrated in the north-east of the DRC, North Kivu and the Ituri regions. It seems that last fall dies, but the second wave of affair deviated from that hope, and the number of new victims in January increased again. From January 15 By February 3 The World Health Organization reported last week 123 new confirmed cases. The current toll is the second largest outbreak of Ebola in recorded history, thankfully still far behind in 2014-2016. The outbreak in West Africa, which devastated nearly 30,000 people and killed more than 11,000 people. victims of the current disease. According to the organization, 97 children have been killed so far, most of them under the age of five
"We are at a crossroads," said Heather Kerr, rescuing the child's country director in the DRC. . “If we don't take immediate action to stop it, the outbreak may take another six months, not the whole year. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country suffering from violence and conflict, as well as a major hunger crisis of about 4.6 million. The main concerns of many people are security and ensuring that they have enough to eat. However, Ebola must also be a priority.
Violence and conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has consistently hampered the efforts of health workers to track down potential victims, isolate infected and vaccinated individuals. The US also blamed its removal from Ebola experts for violence, although experts and organizations elsewhere have strongly criticized the country for this. Many US scientists who have pulled out of this field have noticed critics have decades of experience in managing previous Ebola outbreaks.
Cultural barriers and misconceptions about the disease also made the outbreak of the disease more difficult.
"People have disrupted the funeral because they did not believe the deceased had surrendered to the virus. Help workers were threatened because they are believed to be spreading through Ebola, ”Kerras said. "We need to step up our efforts to reach vocal youth and community leaders to build trust and help us turn this flood."
There were, however, some encouraging signs
in the DRC ministry, nearly 80,000 people were vaccinated with Merck's experiment vaccine. And although official data on the efficacy of the vaccine are still not available, WHO experts believe it was very effective (90 percent or more). The WHO also expects the amount of vaccine currently available to be sufficient to survive the outbreak. So far, the fear that Ebola has spread to neighboring countries, such as Uganda, has also failed.
In the United States, two people were observed for possible Ebola exposure in Pennsylvania and Nebraska hospitals, including health care workers in the DRC. Both patients were now cleaned and sent home.
[Health Ministry of the DRC, Save The Children]