The Democratic Republic of the Congo has declared an Outbreak of Ebola. On April 5 a case was confirmed which is 31 year old male. He was admitted to an Ebloa treatment centre 2 days back, but he died hours later.
Ebola outbreaks, and fatality rates have varied from 25 percent to 90 percent which is treatments are available now & patients who receive care early see their chances of survival improve significantly.
The World Health Organisation’s regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said: “Time is not on our side. The disease has had a two-week head start and we are now playing catch-up.”
Overall, this is the 14th Ebola outbreak that the Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen since 1976, which is when the virus was first discovered.
Efforts to stem the current outbreak have already begun, with officials confirming that the patient who died has received a safe and dignified burial.
Authorities in DR Congo announce new case of Ebola in Mbandaka, Equateur province.
This is the 3rd outbreak in the province since 2018.
So far one case has been confirmed- contact tracing is underway.
DRC’s last Ebola outbreak was in North Kivu Province & ended in December 2021 pic.twitter.com/wmH72Rui0i
— Kiberu Malik (@kiberumalik) April 23, 2022
Ebola is transmitted by coming into contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person or contaminated materials.
Early symptoms include muscle aches and a fever, which resemble those seen in other common diseases such as malaria.