New Ebola Outbreak Kills Over 400, Expected To Spread ‘For Months’
Upwards of 700 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been diagnosed with Ebola. According to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, over 400 of them have succumbed to the symptoms of the dangerous illness. This is now the second largest Ebola outbreak in modern history and it is still spreading.
Health officials believe this new Ebola outbreak can potentially continue to spread over the course of the next six months. If that becomes the case, this outbreak could become the worst we’ve ever seen.
Political instability in the region is a large contributor to the current outbreak. Violence against health workers has become a commonplace way to intimidate them from working in the region and helping to quell the spread.
In Liberia, scientists discovered an Ebola-infected bat.
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Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health announced the finding at the discretion of the Liberian government as a way to “engage local communities about this finding to help reduce the possible risk of exposure and educate people about the positive impacts of bat species on pest control and the environment,” according to a statement.
Scientists have long believed that certain bats could serve as hosts for Ebola. This could help at-risk countries gain a deeper understanding into how Ebola outbreaks begin.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.