DRC – The eruption of the Ebola outbreak that began in early May continues to expand.
The Ministry of Health had already announced an international public health emergency on 3 May. At that time, seventeen out of twenty-one cases had been reported, resulting in a death rate of eighty percent (80%).
The origin of the eruption was found by a team consisting of WHO (World Health Organization) and MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) in the border town of Congo Brazzaville: Bikoro.
Since then, WHO (World Health Organization) has reported that two more cases have been discovered and two deaths have been added to the death toll which increased to nineteen deaths. Thirty new cases of infection were also recorded.
The Democratic Republic of Congo announced the new eruption of the virus on Tuesday after the two new victims were tested in the city of Bikoro.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO, announced via Twitter last Friday that the organization is preparing to send experimental vaccines to Bikoro where the deaths have occurred. These vaccines have been developed by the pharmaceutical company Merck since 2016.
The vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV has already been tested in 2015 in Guinea.
The symptoms of Ebola occur eight to ten days after infection, which is most often accompanied by fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting and hemorrhage.
WHO has also red-flagged the DRC and nine other countries neighboring DRC countries: Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Central Africa, Rwanda, Burundi and the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazza).
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