Ebola Outbreak Keeps Surging in DRC with More Than 1000 Cases

The fatal Ebola epidemic in Democratic of Congo (DRC), has exceeded 1,000 cases amid increased violence. According to the country’s health ministry, it is the second-worst outbreak in history. It is tenth in DRC since the discovery of virus (in 1976). On account of the ongoing epidemic, the World Health Organization(WHO) appealed for urgent global support to deal with the disease in DRC. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the latest figure reveals that it is the most significant outbreak ever. Now in DRC, totally there are 1,009 cases of Ebola. The value includes 944 confirmed and 65 potential cases of the contagious disease.

Before this, the worst case epidemic took place in West Africa between 2014-2016. At the time, as per the reports of WHO, the disease killed more than 11,000 people. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, stated while they are using scientific terms like cases or containment. But in reality, behind every number, there is a person, a family, and a community that is facing the epidemic. The executive noted this outbreak has stuck on far too long. It is an alarming situation as the number of cases increased rapidly in recent weeks. Also, they are spreading faster than in previous months. In DRC, more than 96,000 people have been vaccinated against Ebola, which includes health workers in Uganda and South Sudan. But WHO reveals that from 21st March, 38 out of 130 affected health sectors possess active transaction.

On the other hand, the organization claims the challenging situation for the rise. Currently, people are directly attacking treatment facilities. Pockets of community mistrust are responsible for increased security challenges in the country. At the starting of this month, adversaries attacked an Ebola treatment center. Amid that fight, a police officer lost his life. According to the WHO, Ebola cases have not spread outside of DRC’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces so far. Thankfully, no cases have crossed international borders. The agency reports, despite the challenging situation, most communities are responding interventions. Most of the people are accepting the vaccination. They also agree to vaccinate in follow-up visits.

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