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Congo says Ebola outbreak worst in nation's history


Health ministry says there are 319 confirmed and probable cases
The Associated Press ·

Posted: Nov 10, 2018 8:34 AM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago

Congo's latest Ebola outbreak is the worst in the country's recorded history with 319 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said.

The deadly virus has killed about 198 people since the outbreak was declared Aug. 1 in the volatile east, the ministry said. Those dead include 163 confirmed Ebola cases, with 35 probable deaths. Nearly 100 people have survived Ebola.

This is Congo's tenth outbreak since 1976, when the hemorrhagic fever was first identified in Yambuku, in the Equateur province, the ministry said.

    WHO takes closer look at Congo's Ebola outbreak

Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga said late Friday that the figures now exceed that outbreak.

"No other epidemic in the world has been as complex as the one we are currently experiencing," Kalenga said. "Since their arrival in the region, the response teams have faced threats, physical assaults, repeated destruction of their equipment and kidnapping. Two of our colleagues in the Rapid Response Medical Unit even lost their lives in an attack."
Violence complicates response

Armed groups vying for control of Congo's mineral-rich east have staged regular attacks in Congo's Ituri and North Kivu provinces, complicating the response by health officials who are also meeting community resistance.

This epidemic remains dangerous and unpredictable, and we must not let our guard down.

    - Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, Congo's health minister

Health officials, however, have managed to vaccinate more than 27,000 high-risk contacts, of which at least half could have developed Ebola, the health minister said.

"This epidemic remains dangerous and unpredictable, and we must not let our guard down. We must continue to pursue a very dynamic response that requires permanent readjustments and real ownership at the community level," he said.

The head of UN peacekeeping operations vowed this week to do more with Congo's government to help improve security in the country's east.

This is the first time an Ebola outbreak has occurred in Congo's far northeast. The health ministry has said teams responding to the Ebola outbreak are attacked three or four times a week on average, a level of violence unseen in the country's nine previous outbreaks of the virus.

Ebola is spread via the body fluids of infected people, including the dead.

    Uganda at 'big risk' for Ebola spreading from neighbouring Congo, officials say

Source:   https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/congo-ebola-worst-in-nations-history-1.4900641
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[Technophobe: Things are definitely going from bad to worse. The medical people treating the sick and the researchers looking for vaccines and cures are getting quite good at this disease, but the local situation is so difficult that things are still deteriorating.]

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The Risk That Ebola Will Spread to Uganda Is Now ‘Very High’

Source and full article:   https://www.wired.com/story/the-risk-that-ebola-will-spread-to-uganda-is-now-very-high/

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Ebola outbreak worst in history of Democratic Republic of Congo

Source and full article:   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/12/health/ebola-congo-intl/index.html
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It's Feared Congo's Ebola Outbreak Will Get Even Worse

By Nurith Aizenman

Morning Edition, · Global health experts warn the Ebola epidemic in Democratic Republic of the Congo could soon enter a new phase. Ongoing conflict there prevents health workers from wiping out the disease.

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The Ebola outbreak spreading through the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed at least 177 lives. This outbreak is in a part of the country with a lot of conflict, and fears are growing that things could get worse. NPR's Nurith Aizenman has more.

NURITH AIZENMAN, BYLINE: Pierre Rollin is an expert on Ebola with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who recently returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He's been responding to Ebola outbreaks there for more than 20 years. And he says health officials are usually able to get a handle on them quickly.

PIERRE ROLLIN: Three, four months maximum.

AIZENMAN: But that's how long this outbreak has been going on for. And...

ROLLIN: By some aspect, it looks like we just discovered the outbreak. We're are not making any progress. We don't see decreasing number of case. They still have a lot of people that are not detected in time.

AIZENMAN: Response teams are continually finding themselves blocked by armed rebel groups who launch attacks on the government and civilians, by factions within the Congolese military that clash with each other, and by a population that is deeply distrustful of anyone associated with the government, including health workers. Rollin worries about what will happen in late December, when the DRC is set to hold national elections.

ROLLIN: And we have no idea what's going to happen.

AIZENMAN: The fear is the results will be disputed, sparking more violence.

ROLLIN: The terrible scenario is the one in which there are escalated attacks, including targeting of health workers.

AIZENMAN: Stephen Morrison is director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Washington think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.

STEPHEN MORRISON: That could very rapidly trigger a decision to evacuate.

AIZENMAN: He points out that there are currently hundreds of health workers in the outbreak zone, including teams that have given more than 30,000 people a new vaccine.

MORRISON: You take that away, you've removed a dampener. You're going to see a sharp escalation of this outbreak. And your risks of export into the region and beyond go through the ceiling.

AIZENMAN: So he says, you'd think international governments would be crafting an aggressive intervention. And yet...

MORRISON: I see no evidence whatsoever that there's any mobilization of this kind happening.

AIZENMAN: Peter Salama is helping to lead the response by the World Health Organization. He says he shares Morrisons fears, but he's also more optimistic. Salama notes that there's a long-standing U.N. peacekeeping force in the DRC, and he met with them last week.

PETER SALAMA: We discussed how the force could have really acted more than just a reactive force, but a deterrent.

AIZENMAN: Manning checkpoints in key cities in the outbreak zone, for instance. Still, Salama says, even in the best-case scenario, ending this outbreak will take at least six more months. Nurith Aizenman, NPR News.

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Que sera, sera, Whatever will be, will be, The future is not ours to see, Que sera, sera !
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