Monday , September 20 2021

Congo's worst Ebola epidemic collapsed in national history

According to Reuters, over 300 cases have been confirmed, haemorrhagic fever has already killed 198 people in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. In these areas, the intervention of medical staff was hampered by armed attacks and resistance by the population, which led to an increase in deaths.

Over the years, since 1976, when Ebola has been diagnosed, there have been 10 such epidemics in Congo, but the current one is considered to be the worst.

Director of the World Health Organization said that security and people's lack of confidence are key issues.

"When an attack is taking place, the whole operation is blocked, so we delay the intervention. And when the interruption is delayed, the virus takes us in two ways: we lose the number of cases and the history of vaccinations […] and new cases are due to the inability to vaccinate people, "he said.

In addition, according to WHO forecasts, in the absence of any urgent measures, they will continue to multiply.

In most cases, Ebola is a rare and deadly disease that affects humans and primates (monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas). 2014-2015 The Ebola epidemic affected the whole of the African continent, killing more than 10,000 people. The end of the epidemic was officially recorded in 2016, but outbreaks of communicable diseases, such as the Congo, continue to exist.

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