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Ebola: at least 300 potential deaths in the Congo region | World | Africa



Kinshasa Probable deaths caused Ebola northeast of Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC) now has 303, of which 255 are approved by the laboratory, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health.

In a report released late yesterday with data up to 12 December, the authorities indicate that the total number of cases is 515, of which 467 were approved in laboratory tests and 48 were possible.

According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, 45,647 people, mostly Mabalac, Ben (North Kivu), Katwa and Butembo, were infected since August 8 when vaccinations began with experimental treatment with rVSV-ZEBOV.

Thanks to the treatment, 179 have managed to overcome the disease and get immunizations.

The health ministry today also reported that the child just came out of the hospital for a month and a half after he had been treated for Ebola on Wednesday, an illness that had been treated since she was only 6 days old and was accompanied by his parents, ailing sick people at the treatment center.

This is the first time that Ebola – a very contagious disease – has an impact on the territorial conflict and from which dozens of people flee every day.

More than a hundred armed groups operate in areas affected by Ebola, for example, in recent months, when Ugandan insurgent attacks have worsened, causing dozens of deaths and thousands of displaced people who stopped the vaccination campaign.

The resistance of local people and the distrust of the area already damaged by violence is one of the worst outbreaks of enemies, with torment and lies, which makes those affected by Ebola not going to medical centers.

The most devastating outbreak of the DRC, and the second largest in the world, was announced on August 1 and affects two of the provinces most affected by violence in the country, North Kivu and Ituri.

This is the second outbreak announced in 2018 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – just eight days after Minister of Health Oli Ilunga announced the end of the previous epidemic in the west of the country – and the worst case in the history of DRC in terms of infections and deaths.

The most devastating outbreak in the world was announced in March 2014, as the events took place in Guinea, Conakry, in December 2013, in the country from which it expanded to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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

Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with blood and contaminated body fluids, causing haemorrhagic fever and, if not measured, it can reach 90% mortality.

Source: EFE


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