Currently, the Democratic Republic of Congo is seeing the fourth occurrence of the Ebola outbreak in 3 years. The African nation warns of a second outbreak of the virus this year as 6 new cases appear. All of these epidemics carry over the bigger tension of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is actually the 11th outbreak of the virus in the West African Nation, where the hemorrhagic fever first occurred in 1976.
However, over the years, the virus was coming under control slowly, till now. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic seems to have given a boost to the virus. This is mainly due to the lack of immunity in humans because of the ongoing lockdown. Many cases regarding measles and mumps are also arriving. The current outbreak is a reminder that COVID-19 is not the only point of concern for African health authorities.
Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, said in his official statement that the virus has already killed 4 people. He also reassured that WHO has their own health staff in the Western city of Mbandaka and will help support the governments’ response. The new Ebola epidemic in Mbandaka is an added pressure for healthcare workers. Because they were already dealing with multiple cases of Coronavirus and now this has come upon them.
Ebola Outbreaks in central Africa are unavoidable and may be increasing in frequency as the population is growing and more in contact with nature.
At least 33 people died and 54 people were infected during an outbreak of Ebola in the same area in 2018. Since then another epidemic, 1,000km to the east near the country’s borders with Rwanda and Uganda. The virus has killed more than 2,200 people and is still ongoing. Let us know what you think of this in the comments section below!