Monday , March 27 2023

In the Congo, the worst epidemic of Ebola broke out in the history of the country


According to Reuters, more than 300 cases have been confirmed, haemorrhagic fever has already killed 198 people in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. In these areas, the intervention of medical personnel is aggravated by armed attacks and resistance by the population, leading to an increased number of deaths.

Over the years, since 1976, when Ebola was discovered, there were 10 such epidemics in the Congo, but it is currently considered the worst.

The director of the World Health Organization said the main issues were security and people's lack of trust.

"When an attack occurs, the entire operation is blocked, so we delayed the intervention. And when the intervention is postponed, the virus takes us forward in two ways: we lose the number of cases and the history of vaccinations […] and new cases are due to the inability to vaccinate people, "he said.

In addition, according to WHO forecasts, cases will continue to multiply unless urgent measures are taken.

Ebola is in most cases a rare and deadly disease, affecting humans and primates (monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas). In 2014-2015. The Ebola epidemic has affected the entire African continent, killing more than 10,000 people. In 2016, the epidemic was officially recorded, but the outbreak of infection, such as the one in Congo, continues.

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