It seems that Ebola has not yet been sworn in Congo. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one hundred cases of Ebola have been registered in the northwest of the African country in less than three months. 43 people have died from it.
The outbreak was first reported in early June in the western city of Mbandaka on the Congo River. Shortly before, the authorities reported that in the east of the country the Ebola outbreak had stopped after two years. Since then, the disease has spread to villages in the Equatorial Province.
Because the villages are often remote and therefore difficult to reach, medical care is slowly coming on stream. This makes it easier for the virus to spread, says the WHO. “Without extra support, the teams on the ground can be more difficult for the virus,” says a regional director of the WHO in Africa.
The ebola outbreak comes on top of the corona crisis. But according to the World Health Organization, ignoring the Ebola virus is not an option. The mortality rate among patients with the disease is much higher than for corona.
The outbreak in Congo began in August 2018 and already claimed the lives of thousands of people, making it the second worst Ebola epidemic ever. More than 11,000 people died from Ebola in the worst epidemic in West Africa from 2013 to 2016