The Ebola Virus, also known as the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, or simply as Ebola, is on the loose again as World Health Organization -WHO,confirms 3 deaths which were as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and officially declares its outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa.
The WHO are still investigating how the deadly virus found its way into the equatorial forest region of Bas-Uele province, which borders Central African Republic (CAR).
DRC’s health minister, Oly Ilunga Kalenga, said that the outbreak was a “national health emergency with international significance” but adviced the public “not to panic”.
“There are 300,000 doses of Ebola vaccine available if needed to stop this outbreak becoming a pandemic,” Dr Seth Berkley of Gavi, the vaccine alliance, which paired with Merck to develop the vaccine. “The vaccine has shown high efficacy in clinical trials and could play a vital role in protecting the most vulnerable.”
The worst case of ebola outbreak happened 4 years ago in 2013. It claimed thelives of over 11,300 when it affected people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Survivors were left with chronic health problems and Liberia was only declared free of active Ebola virus infection on june last year.
Ebola Virus Spreads by direct contact with infected body fluids of infected organisms(human and animals), including blood. symptoms usually turn up after 2 days of infection. Signs and symptoms may include Fever, sore throat, muscular pain, and headaches. Then, vomiting, diarrhea and rash usually follow, along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys. Internal Hemorrhage follow suit as infected persons bleed from ears, nose, and mouth.
-Igbokah E.E for UnbrokenChords