Ebola Outbreak: What You Need to Know

Congo — A new outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD, or simply Ebola) is suspected of infecting nine people, and being responsible for killing three of them (a 33% fatality rate so far), in the latest outbreak that began April 22nd in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Since 22 April 2017, 9 suspected EVD cases have been reported including 3 deaths in Likati health district, i.e. a case-fatality rate of 33.3%, according to an official assessment on 11 May 2017.”1

The Ministry of Health informed the WHO that the Zaire strain was found within a number of samples that were taken. This strain, which is the most deadly of the known Ebola strains, was responsible for the death of 200 persons during the Ebola outbreak of 2007, with an almost 75% fatality rate.

“The first teams of epidemiologists, biologists, and experts in the areas of social mobilization, risk communication and community engagement, and also personnel specializing in water, hygiene and sanitation, are scheduled to reach the affected area today or tomorrow via Kisangani,” said Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga.

Highly infectious, and without any known cure or vaccine, we can only hope that the residents, working closely with epidemiologists, will be able to avoid further spread of the deadly disease beyond their locale.

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