Wednesday , January 20 2021

Congo: The eruption of Ebola is the most deadly in its history

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health estimated the number of likely deaths due to the eruption of the Ebola in the northeastern part of the country to 280, according to the latest data released by the organization this Sunday, a figure that is now the most deadly an outbreak in its history.

In a report issued with figures valid until December 7, the authorities indicated that the total number of cases was 489, of which 441 were confirmed in laboratory tests and 48 were probable.

This epidemic is now equal to the deadliest in the history of the DRC, which occurred in the Yambuku area in the northern part of the country, at the end of August 1976 and is considered to be the first registered outbreak of Ebola.

With a death rate of almost 90%, in this case 280 people died of 318 cases due to the virus.

The current epidemic is also the second largest in the world in number of cases, in excess of that registered in Uganda between 2000 and 2001, counting 425 cases and 224 deaths, and only after the Conacry declared in Guinea in 2014, extending from Sierra Leone to Liberia.

This epidemic was announced on August 1 in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, although control of the epidemic has suffered the refusal of some communities to receive treatment and insecurity in the area where numerous armed groups operate.

This is the second outbreak announced in 2018 in the DRC (just eight days after Congolese Health Minister Olli Ylunga announced the end of the previous epidemic in the western part of the country) and the worst in the history of the DRC over the number of infections.

Since August 8, when vaccinations began, More than 42,000 people have been infected, for the most part, in the cities of Malabalco, Beni, Mandima, Katwa and Butembo, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health.

The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with blood and contaminated body fluids, causes hemorrhagic fever and can reach 90% mortality.

The most devastating global outbreak was announced in March 2014, with cases going back to December 2013 in Guinea-Conakry, a country from which it has expanded to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Almost two years later, in January 2016, WHO announced the end of this epidemic in which 11,300 people were killed and more than 28,500 were infected, figures that, according to this UN agency, can be conservative.

Source EFE Agency and Clarín

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