Ebola Makes Ten More Victims in Congo

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According to BENI, DR Congo (AFP) an Ebola outbreak hits again the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and kills ten people. Another toll published on Friday says that other 27 dead people might have been the victims of the Ebola disease.

What happened?

The health ministry states that since the first of August when Ebola stricked in the North Kivu province 44 probable and confirmed cases had been recorded regarding this disease.

Two patients from a city of approximatively a million people, Goma, were suspected to suffer from Ebola but after the results from the lab tests came on Thursday, the news turned out negative.

Since 1976 it is the 10th time Ebola outbreaks in the country since it was first found near the Ebola River (a tributary of the Congo) in the DRC.

This last outbreak we are talking about was identified in the region of North Kivu’s Beni. This region also shares a border with Rwanda and Uganda which is even more dangerous.

What will be done?

Unfortunately, according to the WHO (World Health Organization), the emergency response will be hampered because the violence took over the area. On Wednesday a prevention campaign was triggered which aims to vaccinate the health workers contrary this disease.

The symptoms of Ebola include diarrhea, vomiting, and sometimes external and internal bleeding along with other serious illnesses. If left untreated, it ofently causes death.

The most severe Ebola epidemic happened in the West African states of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Libera from 2013 to 2015 when the disease made more than 12 thousands victims.

The outbreak we first talked about, in North Kivu was announced a week after the Kinshasa government and WHO ended another such event from Equateur province which resulted in 33 deaths.


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