Thursday , January 21 2021

Congo: The ebola eruption is the deadly of its history



The Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has estimated the number of probable deaths due to the Ebola eruption in the northeast of the country at 280, according to the latest data published by the organization this Sunday, a figure that already resembles deadly eruptions in its history.

In a report issued with numbers valid until 7 December, the authorities state that the total number of cases is 489, of which 441 are confirmed in the laboratory test and 48 are likely.

This epidemic has already been the deadliest in the DRC's history, which took place in the Yambuku site, in the northern part of the country, at the end of August 1976 and considered the first registered Ebola eruption.

With a mortality rate of almost 90%, 280 people died of the 318 cases that occurred because of the virus.

The current epidemic is also the second largest in the world in terms of number of cases, exceeds that registered in Uganda between 2000 and 2001, where 425 cases and 224 deaths were spoken, and only behind what was reported in 2014 in Guinea Conakri, from which it was extended to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

This eruption was declared on August 1st in the provinces North Kivu and Ituri, although the epidemic has been affected by the epidemic some society's refusal to receive treatment and uncertainty in the area, how many armed groups operate.

This is the second outbreak reported in 2018 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (only eight days after the Congolese health minister Oly Ilunga proclaimed the end of the former epidemic west of the country) and the worst in the DRC's history relative to the number of infections.

Since August 8, when the vaccinations began, More than 42,000 people have been inoculated, in the majority, in the cities of Mabalako, Beni, Mandima, Katwa and Butembo, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health.

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

The most devastating global outbreak was declared in March 2014, with cases going back to December 2013 in Guinea Conakri, from which it expanded to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Almost two years later, in January 2016, the WHO declared the end of this epidemic where 11,300 people died, and over 28,500 were infected, figures, according to this UN agency could be conservative.

Source EFE Agency and Clarín


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