WHO to meet on Congo’s Ebola outbreak as death toll soars

Henrietta Strickland
October 18, 2018

The WHO has assessed the national and regional risk of the current Ebola outbreak in DRC as "very high", although the global risk remains low and, so far, the UN's health watchdog has not called for any trade or travel restrictions to be imposed.

The health ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC has confirmed that no less than 24 victims out of 33 persons affected have lost their lives in the recent outbreak of Ebola virus.

Kinshasa [D.R. Congo], Oct 16 (ANI): The World Health Organisation's (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom convened an Emergency Committee on Monday under the International Health Regulations following the recent outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo. The region has surpassed the Mangina Health Zone to become the epicenter of the outbreak.

The agency reported that it has continued to work with all nine neighbouring countries to increase their preparedness.

"Unfortunately, our Community Health Workers are often met with hostility, and sometimes violence, when they're approaching homes to talk to families about protecting themselves against the deadly virus".

The deadly haemorrhagic fever, which spreads through contact with bodily fluids, causes fever, vomiting and diarrhoea, impaired liver and kidney function and, in some cases, bleeding internally and externally.

In spite of the growing number of cases and armed conflict, outbreak response efforts remain underway.

On Friday afternoon, the Secretary-General's Special Representative in the DRC, Leila Zerrougui, had said a Beni-based United Nations colleague had tested positive for Ebola and was now receiving the necessary medical treatment. Of them, just over half recovered, 20 were still in hospital and the rest died. Twenty-one of these patients have died. Neighbouring Uganda has stepped up border controls in response to the outbreak, yet people in the region are wary of authority after years of war, which makes disease control measures hard.

The Ebola virus which is transmitted by bats.

All people crossing into Uganda from DRC are screened for signs and symptoms of Ebola.

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