As the World Health Organization (WHO) reports, the lethal Ebola virus has been detected within a week in 32 new patients in Congo. The neighboring countries of the Central African State are alarmed. In Uganda, 1,600 helpers are being vaccinated in health centers along the border, health minister Jane Ruth Aceng said on Friday.
Ebola suspected cases have already been reported from southern Sudan, Uganda and even Yemen, the WHO continued. But in no case was it really an Ebola infection. Almost twelve million people have already been checked for signs of Ebola at Congolese border posts. There were 14 suspected cases, in one of which the virus had been detected.
The new diseases in the Congo have been detected mainly in the city of Beni and the surrounding area. There, rebels fight, making it difficult for helpers to quickly visit patients, isolate them, and contact their relatives.
Already 180 dead in Congo
Between the beginning of August and the end of October, according to the Congolese Ministry of Health, 250 people were probably infected with the virus and another 35 were probably infected with the Ebola virus. 81 patients had survived the infection, 180 had died. In the Congo, more than 25,000 people have already received the promising experimental vaccine, including relatives of the sick, their contact persons and health professionals. Since the outbreak, 25 people have been infected, have cared for the sick, and three have died, the WHO said.
In mid-October, WHO experts discussed whether they should declare an international health emergency due to the Ebola outbreak in Congo, but decided against it. It was optimistic that this outbreak could be brought under control in the foreseeable future, it said at that time.
The Ebola virus is one of the most dangerous pathogens in the world. In an epidemic in 2014/15, more than 11,000 people died in West Africa. Infected patients can transmit the virus via body fluids such as sweat, blood or vomit. Meanwhile, in addition to the vaccine, experimental drugs that are used in a recent outbreak exist.