The latest update on the current outbreak of Ebola ravaging Africa shows the story that she is in crisis. Last weekend, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported that there were 81
The outbreak to date is centered around the northeast of the DRC, in the Kivu North and Ituri regions. The last fall seemed to have occurred, but the second wave of these hopes rejected and the number of new victims again increased in January. Between January 15 and February 3, the World Health Organization reported last week, there were 123 new declaration cases alone. The current toll is the second largest Ebola outbreak in record history, and is still well behind the 2014-2016 outbreaks in West Africa that over 30,000 people were in danger and over 11,000 people were killed .
On Sunday, the non-profit Save the Children stressed the young victims of the current outbreak. According to the organization, 97 children have been killed so far, and most are under the age of five.
"We are crossroads," he said in a statement "Heather Kerr, director of the Save the Children in the DRC country". "If urgent steps are not taken to do this, another six months may last, if it is not the whole year. The DRC is a country who is suffering from violence and conflict and from a major hunger crisis – there are around 4.6 million children with malnutrition. The main issues of concern are for many people than to ensure safety and many of them have to eat. But Ebola must also have a priority. "
The violence and conflict in the DRC persistently hindered the efforts of health workers to trace potential victims, like infection, and those directly in contact with vaccination. Also, his weapon has an U.S. Ebola experts have to eliminate the area of the violence, while experts and organizations elsewhere criticized the country to do so. Many of the US scientists from the area, commented by critics, have had many years of expertise in managing previous Ebola outbreaks.
Cultural barriers and misconceptions about the disease caused the poison to stop harder.
"People introduced funerals because they did not believe that the deceased had tackled the virus. Assistants were threatened because they believed they spread Ebola," said Kerr. "We need to increase our efforts to achieve the young leaders and community communities to build confidence and help us to secure this tide."
However, there were some optimistic signs.
According to the health of the DRC Ministry, almost 80,000 people were vaccinated with an experimental vaccine made by Merck. And although official data on the efficacy of the vaccine is not yet available, WHO experts believe it was very effective (90 percent or higher). The WHO is also expecting the vaccine supply currently available enough to withdraw the outbreak. So far, the fear of Ebola has not spread to neighboring countries like Uganda, except.
In the United States, two people were monitored about the possible exposure of Ebola in hospitals in Pennsylvania and Nebraska, including a health worker who was assisted in the DRC. Both patients were now cleared and sent home
[Health Ministry of the DRC, Save The Children]