SCARE! Ebola Virus Resurfaces
This is one phrase that will be in the lips of so many people in Africa's Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and this is because two cases of the Ebola virus disease have been confirmed by a lab report in the nation.
Sources from the Ministry of Health gave a hint of the situation on Tuesday.
The two cases were confirmed by the laboratory of the National Institute of Biomedical Research in Equateur Province, northwestern DRC, said the source.
Report of the disease is coming four years after the nation witnessed the disease that killed over 40 persons.
In Africa as a whole, the outbreak in 2014 and 2015 killed over 11,000 people, mainly in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.
Nigeria got a share of that.
Of the nine people suspected to have contracted the deadly virus, three died, with one case of Ebola confirmed through tests at the national laboratory in the capital Kinshasa, WHO Congo representative Allarangar Yokouide said in a statement.
People began to get sick on or after 22 April in Bas-Uele province in the country’s far north, he added.
The region affected lies 1,300km north-east of Kinshasa, close to the border with the Central African Republic.
“It is in a very remote zone, very forested, so we are a little lucky. But we always take this very seriously,” WHO Congo spokesman Eric Kabambi said.
The WHO described the outbreak as “a public health crisis of international importance”.
It said the first teams of experts, including epidemiologists, biologists and hygiene specialists had been dispatched and were due to arrive in the affected region by Friday or Saturday.
No need to panic: Tulip Mazumdar, BBC Global Health correspondent, said.
While this outbreak will be extremely worrying for communities in this remote part of northern DR Congo, it is important to remember that the country has stamped out more Ebola outbreaks than any other place on earth.
It is well practised in fighting the deadly virus.
Ebola was first identified in DR Congo (then Zaire) in 1976.
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Since then, there have been at least eight in the country.
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The last was in 2014, when – at the same time – parts of West Africa were fighting a separate outbreak, the worst in history.
Nigeria was one of those countries that shared from the epidemic, losing a medical doctor, Ameyo Adadevoh, to the scourge after a Liberian man, Patrick Sawyer, flew into Nigeria with the disease.
She died in August 2014.
At the mention of Ebola in Nigeria, what comes to mind is the loss of the female doctor and that moment that hand sanitisers became an accessory, making handshakes a luxury. People hoarded handshakes even in churches like petrol in times of scarcity.
African nation will only pray that the disease is contained in DR Congo before it spread again.