The latest update to the current Ebola outbreak indicates that the situation there continues to deteriorate. Last weekend, the DRC Health Ministry said that as of February 1
The outbreak has so far been centered around the northeastern part of the DRC, in the regions of North Kivu and Ituri. Last fall seemed ready to die, but the second wave of cases shook that hope, and the number of new victims rose again in January. Between 15 January and 3 February, the World Health Organization announced last week only 123 new confirmed cases. The current charge is the second biggest epidemic of the ebola in history, luckily still far from the outbreak of 2014-2016 in West Africa, which killed nearly 30,000 people and killed over 11,000.
The Non-governmental Organization Save children ", emphasized young people. victims of the current outbreak. The organization has so far killed 97 children, with the majority under the age of five.
"We are at a crossroads," said Heather Kear, DSK country director in Save the Childhood. "If we do not take urgent measures to limit it, the explosion may last for six months, if not the whole year. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country suffering from violence and conflicts and a final hunger crisis – about 4.6 million children are severely malnourished. The main concerns for many people are safety and the provision of sufficient food. But embolism must also be a priority. "
Violence and conflicts in the DRC are constantly hampering the efforts of health workers to track possible victims, isolate the infected, and vaccinate people in close contact. The US also accused of removing Ebola experts in the area of violence, although experts and organizations elsewhere have sharply criticized the country for this. Many of the American scientists who have been withdrawn from the area are critics, have decades of experience in managing previous Ebola outbreaks. Cultural barriers and misconceptions about the disease have also made stopping the hearth more difficult. burials because they do not believe the deceased was subjected to the virus. Helpers are at risk because they are believed to spread the ebola, "Kerr said. "We must step up our efforts to reach out to the young voices and community leaders to build confidence and help us reverse this tide."
There were also several encouraging signs. DRC Ministry, nearly 80,000 people were vaccinated with an experimental vaccine manufactured by Merck. And although official vaccine efficacy data is still not available, WHO experts believe it is very effective (90 percent or higher). The WHO also expects that the currently available vaccine delivery will be enough to outlive the outbreak. So far, the fear that Ebola will spread to neighboring countries like Uganda has also not happened.
In the US, two people were monitored for possible Ebola exposure in hospitals in Pennsylvania and Nebraska, including a health worker. who have provided assistance in the DRC. Both patients have already been cleansed and sent home.
[Health Ministry of the DRC, Save The Children]