Wednesday , June 23 2021

In Congo, the worst epidemic of Ebola broke out in the country's history

According to Reuters, over 300 cases have been confirmed, hemorrhagic fever that already killed 198 people in northern Kivu and Ituri provinces. In these areas, the intervention of medical personnel has resulted in armed attacks and opposition from residents, which has led to an increased number of deaths.

By 1976, when Ebola was discovered, there have been 10 such epidemics in Congo, but the present is considered to be the worst.

Director of the World Health Organization said that the most important issues are safety and people's suspicion.

"When an attack occurs, the entire operation is blocked. So, we postpone the intervention. And when the surgery is postponed, the virus takes us in two ways: we lose the number of cases and the history of vaccinations […] and new cases stem from the inability to vaccinate people, "he said.

Moreover, according to WHO forecasts, cases will continue to propagate if no urgent measures are taken.

Ebola is a rare and fatal disease in most cases, affecting humans and primates (monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas). In 2014-2015, an epidemic of Ebola affected the entire African continent and killed more than 10,000 people. By 2016, the end of the epidemic was officially recorded, but infection outbreaks like that in Congo continue to exist.

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