Ebola in northeast Congo is the deadliest in history

Ebola in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has already caused 283 deaths, making it the deadliest in its history and the second in the world, behind the 2014 epidemic in West Africa.

Of the 283 deaths, 235 have been confirmed in the laboratory and the remaining 48 are probable, according to the latest report of the Congolese Ministry of Health until December 8.

In addition, the outbreak, the tenth in the country that affects the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, is also the second with more cases worldwide, with a total of 494, of which 446 are confirmed and 48 are likely.

So far, the highest number of deaths in an epidemic in the country is recorded by the outbreak that occurred in the town of Yambuku, in the north of the country, at the end of August 1976, which was the first of this disease in the world.

With a mortality rate of almost 90%, on that occasion, 280 people died of the 318 cases accounted for as a result of the virus.

The situation is still far from reaching the more than 11 thousand deaths in the outbreak of West Africa, which was declared in 2014 and affected mainly Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with more than 28.000 cases until June 2016.

Treatment in Congo

In the response to the epidemic in the DRC, the Ministry of Health, together with the World Health Organization (WHO), have vaccinated, since August 8, with the experimental rVSV-ZEBOV treatment, 43,439 people in 17 affected areas.

Photo: AP

Thanks to that campaign, 165 have overcome the disease and have been immunized. This time, Ebola affects two of the most violent territories and armed attacks in the country.

The resistance and distrust on the part of the local population, already traumatized by the violence, is one of the worst enemies of the outbreak, with hoaxes and lies that make those affected by Ebola not go to the treatment centers in time.

The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with blood and contaminated body fluids, causes hemorrhagic fever and can reach a mortality rate of 90% if not treated in time.


With information from EFE

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