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Ebola Crisis: Second case confirmed in DR Congo border town Goma



  A health worker inoculates a child in Goma

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Health authorities administer the Ebola vaccine in Goma

A second case of Ebola on the Rwandan Democratic Republic of the Congo border has been exposed, raising fears that the deadly disease may spread.

The case was confirmed in the city of Goma, where two million people live.

Since the outbreak in August 201

8, more than 1,600 people have died of Ebola in DR Congo.

Last week, the World Health Organization declared the crisis a global health emergency WHO can sound and has been used only four times – including the Ebola epidemic that devastated parts of West Africa from 2014 to 2016, killing more than 11,000 people.

What is the situation in Goma?

Ebola affects two provinces of the Congo – North Kivu and Ituri. Goma is the capital of North Kivu and is located directly opposite the Rwandan city of Gisenyi.

A priest in Goma died of Ebola earlier this month. The WHO called it a "game changer" but so far there have been no other confirmed cases.

Aruna Abedi, who coordinates the response to the disease in North Kivu, told AFP news agency he had a second case.

"All measures have been taken to settle the case in Goma," it says in an official statement.

The area is densely populated and there are fears this could spread the disease in Rwanda.

Although the country had no confirmed cases, it has set up an Ebola treatment center and is preparing 23 isolation centers in case of infections.

"a significant investment in preparing for Ebola," said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week.

"As long as the eruption continues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there is a very real risk of its spreading to neighboring countries."

How bad is the situation in the DRC? [19659012] More than 2,500 people have been infected and two-thirds of them have died.

It took 224 days for the number of cases to reach 1,000, but only 71 days to reach 2,000.

Every day about 12 new cases are reported.

Is not there a vaccine? [19659012] Yes.

99% effective and more than 161,000 people have received it.

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Media title Treatment of Ebola in the war zone of the DR Congo

However, not all are vaccinated – only those who come in direct contact with an Ebola patient and those who come into contact with them.

The vaccine was developed during the epidemic in West Africa and was available during the last outbreak.

Why was not the outbreak under control?

The fight against the disease was hampered by conflicts in the region.

Since January, there have been 198 attacks on health care workers or Ebola treatment facilities, resulting in seven attacks, fatalities and 58 injuries.

Anoth The biggest problem was distrust of health care workers, which resulted in about a third of deaths in the community rather than in an Ebola Special Treatment Center.

  • A new Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo is "really scary".
  • According to WHO, a big Ebola outbreak breaks out completely normal.

There was also difficulty in tracking the spread of the virus

The WHO has been clear for months that it does not have enough money to tackle the problem.

She had estimated that she needed $ 98 million between February and July to fight the outbreak. Nevertheless, a deficit of $ 54 million was recorded.

What is Ebola?

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  • Ebola is a virus that initially causes sudden fever, severe weakness, muscle pain and sore throat
  • Vomiting, diarrhea and internal and external bleeding occur.
  • People are infected if they have direct contact with blood, vomit, fecal matter or body fluids from Ebola sufferers through broken skin or through the mouth and nose
  • Patients tend to die from dehydration and multiple organ failure

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