Ebola: at least 300 probable deaths at the outbreak in Congo | World | Africa


Kinshasa Probable death due to an outbreak Ebola in the northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC) are now in 303, of which 255 have been confirmed in the laboratory, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health.

In the report, which was yesterday's report published with data until December 12, the authorities note that the total number of cases is 515, of which 467 are confirmed in laboratory tests, and 48 are likely.

Since August 8th, when the vaccination started with experimental treatment with rVSV-ZEBOV, 45,647 people were inoculated, mostly in the cities of Mabalako, Beni (the capital of North Kivu), Katve and Butembo, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health.

Thanks to treatment, 179 managed to overcome the disease and immunize.

The Ministry of Health today also reported that the child had left the hospital for a month and a half to a hospital cured of Ebola, a disease that had been treated since the age of six and was accompanied by his parents at the treatment center, a surviving illness.

This is the first time that Ebola, a highly contagious disease, affects the territory in conflict and from which dozens of people escape daily.

In areas affected by Ebola, more than a hundred armed groups operate, for example, where Ugandan rebel attacks have deteriorated in recent months, resulting in tens of fatalities and thousands of displaced people, which stopped the vaccination campaign.

The resentment and mistrust of the local population that has already been affected by violence is one of the worst enemies of the outbreak, with cheats and lies that cause the affected Ebola not to come to the treatment centers in time.

The outbreak, the most lethal that the DRC had and the second largest in the world, was declared on August 1 and affected the two provinces most affected by violence in the country, North Kivu and Ituri.

This is the second outbreak that was announced in 2018 in the DRC – only eight days after the Minister of Health Oly Ilunga declared the end of the previous epidemic in the west of the country – and the worst in the history of DRC in terms of the number of infections and deaths .

The most devastating outbreak worldwide was proclaimed in March 2014, with examples dating back to December 2013 in Guinea-Konakri, a country from which it spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Nearly two years later, in January 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the end of this epidemic, which killed 11,300 people and infected more than 28,500, which, according to the UN agency, could be conservative.

The Ebola virus is transmitted by direct contact with blood and contaminated body fluids, causes hemorrhagic fever and can reach a mortality rate of 90% if not treated in time.

Source: EFE


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