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Number of People Infected With Ebola in DR Congo Rises to 32

Number of People Infected With Ebola in DR Congo Rises to 32

"We have three health care workers infected and one who has been reported as of yesterday as having died".

According to Reuters, the main hospital in Bikoro has received a new suspected Ebola case with the hospital's director confirming that on Friday. The infected healthcare workers could have spread the virus as well.

Officials from the World Health Organization and other global health agencies are in the area to help contain the outbreak's spread.

It is nearly certain that we won't see a repeat of the 2014-16 West African epidemic that claimed 11,000 lives, but healthcare experts needs to act swiftly, nonetheless.

Ebola's potential to spread rapidly is the reason it's essential to have dedicated officials coordinating a response to an outbreak before it turns into a deadly epidemic or pandemic. This would make it easier to pass on to other animals that live in trees. The virus is also spread through sexual contact. We don't know what causes these species jumps, which makes predicting Ebola outbreaks nearly impossible.

Ebola virus disorder, which most often affects men and women and non human primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees), is caused by one of five famous Ebola viruses. "The last epidemic affected the entire continent, but it is not the same case this time", said the CS while addressing journalists at the airport on Friday. Ebola infection could look like malaria or typhoid fever, for example.

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Whether experts will be able to find infected bats during the latest DRC outbreak remains unknown, partly because there may have been undetected cases of the disease dating back months; any culprit bat colony may have moved on by now. There is no specific treatment for Ebola.

The fist case of the virus was discovered near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, almost 40 years ago.

"We will gather more samples, conduct contact tracing, engage the communities with messages on prevention and control, and put in place methods for improving data collection and sharing".

The last outbreak of the disease started in 2014 and touched Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali and Nigeria. There are no special precautions or directives for commercial flights‚ passengers or crew departing on flights bound for DRC or returning from DRC.

Prior to the 2017 outbreak, DRC faced a 2014 outbreak in which nearly 50 people died. Some 462 million people are living in the areas affected by Ebola virus outbreaks, many of them in very remote rural areas.


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