The perilous Ebola Virus now also has a megacity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo reached. From the 1.2-million-inhabitant city of Mbandaka in the northwest of the country has been reported an Ebola disease, said the World Health Organization (WHO) with. Previously, the outbreak was limited to an area about 150 kilometers from Mbandaka.
The situation has become extremely serious and worrying with the fall in the city, said Henry Gray, Doctors Without Borders Emergency Coordinator. “The current Ebola outbreak is the ninth Congo in the past 40 years, but so far everyone has been in very isolated regions, like last year in Likati, so the disease has never been widespread.”
The WHO had last week informed about the beginning of the outbreak , By May 15, 44 cases had been reported, of which three have been confirmed in the laboratory – one of which is the case in Mbandaka. More than half of those affected died. Authorities worked hard to locate all of the person’s contact persons, WHO said.
In response to developments, the World Health Organization is convening an emergency session on Friday. It should be decided how big the threat is for other countries. The Expert Committee could declare the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, an international health emergency. This would mean that more international resources would be mobilized for control, WHO said.
Experimental vaccine in use
Work is difficult, especially in rural areas. The affected regions have very limited health care and are difficult to access, according to a WHO statement. Due to the rainy season, many roads are currently not passable. To make faster diagnoses, is since the beginning of the week a mobile laboratory on site ,
In addition, WHO has sent more than 4,000 doses of an experimental vaccine to the affected area in the northwest of the country. People who were in contact with the patients should be vaccinated as soon as possible, the WHO said. The same applies to medical personnel. It is the first use of the vaccine since its development two years ago.
The Ebola virus is one of the most dangerous pathogens in the world. It can be transmitted from infected animals to humans and then from person to person. Diseased get high fever , They vomit and have extreme diarrhea so they lose a lot of dangerous liquid. Even life-threatening internal bleeding can occur. In an outbreak in 2014 and 2016 died in Liberia . Guinea and Sierra Leone more than 11,300 people.
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