The World Health Organization is preparing for the worst-case scenario in an Ebola outbreak in a remote area of Congo, including spread to a major town, WHO Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response Peter Salama said on Friday.
The outbreak is in the market town of Bikoro in the north-west of the country. A new suspected case was reported on Friday.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola, officially known as Ebola virus disease, is a rare condition caused by an infection with one of five known Ebola virus species.
The World Health Organisations has revealed that it has developed an experimental vaccine for the dreaded Ebola virus which has been recorded in some African countries.
This could have a benefit since it could slow down the spread of Ebola, but it also greatly complicates the response. And we know that healthcare workers can really be an amplification factor for these kinds of outbreaks.
Ebola, a haemorrhagic fever, is considered one of the most lethal pathogens in existence.
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"Once Ebola gets into urban areas, especially poor urban slums, it's extremely hard to get rid of the disease".
Normally a remote setting would reduce the chance of the disease spreading. Unfortunately, there are no approved drugs to treat Ebola, although a vaccine has been tested in humans with some success.
If you travel to or are in an area affected by an Ebola outbreak, the CDC says to make sure to avoid endemic areas.
Ebola in DRC Outbreaks of Ebola have only occurred two dozen times since Ebola first was recognized in the DRC in 1976; this is the ninth outbreak to emerge in the DRC. We probably won't know for sure what went wrong in this outbreak, but blame has been placed on the slow response of the global community, the fragility of the region's health services, and the failure of public health campaigns to reach all people.
Nigeria was hailed as having contained the virus in 2014, with 8 deaths, following fears that it could spread through the commercial capital of some 20 million inhabitants and across Africa's most populous country of around 180 million people.
Earlier in the week, former Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance chief Jeremy Konyndyk told The Hill that the funds should stay in place in case of a new outbreak. But the tree burned down and the bats were reduced to char, destroying the opportunity to search for much evidence-although researchers were able to use trace DNA fragments to pinpoint that they were Mops condylurus, an insect-eating species common across central and west Africa. Read the original article. But swift action is needed.