Sunday , June 20 2021

The largest epidemic of Ebola virus in the history of this country broke out in Congo

According to Reuters, over 300 cases have been confirmed, hemorrhagic fever already kills 198 people in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. In these areas, the intervention of medical personnel was hampered by armed attacks and resistance of residents, which led to an increase in the number of fatalities.

Over the years, since 1976, when Ebola was discovered, there were 10 such epidemics in Congo, but the present one is considered the worst.

Director of the World Health Organization said that the main problems are people's safety and distrust.

"When the attack occurs, the whole operation will be blocked, so we put off the intervention, and when the intervention is postponed, the virus takes us in two ways: we lose the number of cases and the history of vaccination […] and new cases result from the inability to vaccinate people, "he said.

In addition, according to the World Health Organization's forecasts, cases will continue to multiply if urgent action is not taken.

Ebola is in most cases a rare and deadly disease affecting humans and primates (monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas). In 2014-2015, the Ebola outbreak affected the entire African continent, killing more than 10,000 people. In 2016, the end of the epidemic was officially reported, but epidemics like the one in Congo still exist.

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