Ebola is Back in Democratic Republic of the Congo - WHO Declares 3 Dead

3 Dead as Ebola Returns to Africa

3 Dead as Ebola Returns to Africa

Oh yeah, you read that right. World Health officials today, May 12, 2017, announced a fresh outbreak of Ebola virus in a remote area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

9 cases — including 3 deaths — have been reported since April 22 in an area more than 800 miles north of the capital of Kinshasa, according to WHO. Christian Lindmeier, who is the spokesperson for WHO told Infectious Disease News that Ebola was confirmed as the cause of one of the deaths. Six patients are currently hospitalised.

Remember that the last Ebola outbreak started in Congo in August 2014 and was not related to the one which occurred in West Africa in 2013 and killed more than 11,300 people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

WHO declared that Ebola had left West Africa in January 2016, but claims that the Ebola epidemic remains persisted in some areas.

WHO said its regional director for Africa, Matshidiso R. Moeti, would be in Kinshasa this weekend to supervise the response to the current outbreak in Congo.

Ebola is named after Congo’s Ebola River, which lies near one of the two outbreaks that led to the disease’s discovery in 1976. There is no confirmed approved vaccine for the virus yet, but researchers reported recently that there is an experimental drug that is 100% effective at preventing the disease during a ring vaccination trial conducted in Guinea.

We hope the Ebola epidemic does not spread across the border like the previous one. Nigeria continues to battle Meningitis, just after the Lassa fever outbreak. May God help us. 

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