Historical Ebola Outbreak Now In Major City, According To Reports
One of the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreaks is now ravaging a major metropolitan. The latest Ebola outbreak is the second worst in modern history.
Democratic Republic of Congo officials announced last Thursday that the Ebola outbreak is now spreading in Butembo, a city that has a population of over one million. Officials are reporting 25 confirmed cases in the metropolitan.
The region relies on Butembo as a major trading port. Additionally, the city has a dense population and it is located near the border of Uganda. The city’s dense population in a modern setting means that the people are also more likely to travel. All in all, trade and travel are a bad recipe when it comes to Ebola, which is easily transmitted via bodily fluids, including blood, mucus, and saliva.
The Ebola outbreak officially began on August 1st in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. Utilizing such close proximities to South Sudan, Uganda, and Rwanda, the illness quickly and easily spread throughout the region. Health officials say that 273 people have died as a result of Ebola.
“No other epidemic in the world has been as complex as the one we are currently experiencing,” the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s health minister, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, via ABC News.
The WHO approved a controversial plan to disseminate the use of experimental Ebola vaccines in the affected areas. So far, health officials have vaccinated 40,000 people in the region. Merck is the maker of the vaccine currently in use.
The Ebola outbreak is flanked by regional instability which has the region in the grips of war. This violent environment is taking a toll on Ebola response teams which find it difficult if not impossible to make headway.
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Author: Jim Satney
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