Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo surpasses 1000 cases

Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo surpasses 1000 cases

If the emerging report is something to go by, then there is a growing health concern in DR Congo as not less than one thousand cases of Ebola have been recorded since August 2018 when the disease staged a comeback in the troubled country.

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Africa News reports that DR Congo has been in face of storm following escalating security crisis and fresh cases of the deadly disease, a tragic reminder that the outbreak is not yet under control in the Central Africa state.

Briefly.co.za gathers that the case may last for close to twelve months as about 58 new cases were reported recently, the highest number in a week in 2019.

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Confirming the cases, the International Rescue Committee’s emergency response director in DRC, Tariq Riebl, said cases are likely to be going unreported and the true figure could be even higher in the coming weeks.

He said: ''Alarmingly at this stage in the outbreak, the number of cases of Ebola is once again on the rise. In the past week we have seen 58 new cases - this is the highest number in a week in 2019.
''With mistrust and security issues, cases are likely to be going unreported and the true figure could be even higher. These numbers show that despite the hard work being done, this outbreak is far from over. Insecurity and violence has led to the IRC and other agencies being forced to frequently suspend programs, which time and again we have seen lead to a spike in cases.
“Data shows us that working with the community is the key to stopping this outbreak. Without greater engagement we will see more lives lost.
''IRC’s team in North Kivu are redoubling their efforts to understand the concerns of people living in the impacted communities and to work with them to quash this outbreak.
''In the past weeks IRC teams have run a series of community meetings to understand their concerns as well as establishing focal points within affected neighborhoods and villages.
“We are already almost seven months into this outbreak and at this stage we should be seeing the case rate declining, not on the rise.''

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He, however, gave the assurance that the ministry of health in synergy with IRC is working towards putting the outbreak on a maximum control.

The IRC boss director: ''With an optimistic outlook this outbreak is predicted to last another six months - but realistically we could be looking towards another year of fighting this disease.
''The ministry of health and partners including the IRC are working around the clock to curtail the outbreak as quickly as possible to reduce the loss of life and further damage to the community.''

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Meanwhile, it was previously reported that the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) had made fresh declaration on the presence of the deadly Ebola disease, which was responsible for the untimely death of many in the West Africa country and Nigeria.

The Institute said scientists found the traces of the deadly virus's presence in a series of laboratory experiments carried out on bats.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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