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Ebola Outbreak Detected in Congo

The Government of the Democratic Republic in Congo recently announced that there is a new outbreak of Ebola Disease in the Wangata Health Zone, Mbandaka, in the Equateur Province. Here is an excerpt from an article published in the World Health Organization website:

“The announcement comes as a long, difficult and complex Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is in its final phase, while the country also battles COVID-19 and the world’s largest measles outbreak. Initial information from the Ministry of Health is that six Ebola cases have so far been detected in Wangata, of which four have died and two are alive and under care. Three of these six cases have been confirmed with laboratory testing. It is likely more people will be identified with the disease as surveillance activities increase.”

Moreover, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organization, explains that COVID-19 is not the only health threat that people face. Moreover, the director-general acknowledges that WHO continues to monitor and respond to health emergencies around the globe.

“This is a reminder that COVID-19 is not the only health threat people face. Although much of our attention is on the pandemic, WHO is continuing to monitor and respond to many other health emergencies,” states Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

To date, this is the 11th outbreak of Ebola since its discovery in 1976. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define Ebola as a ‘rare and deadly disease in people and nonhuman primates. The viruses that cause EVD are located mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. People can get EVD through direct contact with an infected animal (bat or nonhuman primate) or a sick or dead person infected with the Ebola virus’.

“It’s happening at a challenging time, but WHO has worked over the last two years with health authorities, Africa CDC and other partners to strengthen national capacity to respond to outbreaks. To reinforce local leadership, WHO plans to send a team to support scaling up the response. Given the proximity of this new outbreak to busy transport routes and vulnerable neighbouring countries we must act quickly,” states Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

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