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Ebola outbreak second largest

01 December 2018

Experts say that armed conflict in the area has hampered efforts to curb the outbreak.

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is now the 2nd largest on record with 245 fatalities, reported the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 27, 2018. Of the deaths, 198 are confirmed to be from Ebola and 47 are probable.

"We haven't seen the height of this outbreak", she warned as Ebola continues to move into new areas in DRC, worrying close to a heavily traveled border with Uganda.

A deadly rebel attack in September forced health workers to halt vaccinations and the tracing of people who have been in contact with suspected Ebola patients.

Many venture out on critical virus containment missions only accompanied by United Nations peacekeepers in areas where gunfire echoes daily. We fear that hundreds of more people will lose their lives in this outbreak.

Given the complications, this outbreak will last at least another six months before it can be contained, World Health Organization emergencies chief Dr Peter Salama has predicted. The trial is the first-ever multi drug trial for treatment of Ebola. Many new cases have been unrelated to known infections, alarming evidence that gaps in tracking remain.

"This tragic milestone clearly demonstrates the complexity and severity of the outbreak".

A WHO official talks to local women in DR Congo as part of the effort to fight Ebola
A WHO official talks to local women in DR Congo as part of the effort to fight Ebola

He added that it was "highly likely" that the outbreak would not be under control for another six months.

Children who went to health centers for malaria are believed to have contracted Ebola there, and about half of the people screened in Ebola centers only had malaria, said the WHO.

As the need for help in containing the outbreak grows, two of the world's most prominent medical journals this week published statements by global health experts urging the Trump administration to do more.

In the Journal of the American Medical Association, one group noted that the United States government weeks ago ordered all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention personnel - "some of the world's most experienced outbreak experts" - from Congo's outbreak zone because of security concerns.

This Ebola outbreak is like no other, as health workers compare the region to a war zone.

Ebola is a serious, often-fatal disease that is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads from human to human through the bodily fluids of people who exhibit symptoms.

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Ebola outbreak second largest

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