Ebola Outbreak in DRC Declared 'Public Health Emergency of International Concern'

Congolese Ebola victim may have entered Rwanda, says WHO

Congolese Ebola victim may have entered Rwanda, says WHO

The response has been hampered by frequent militia violence and low public trust.

The Merck vaccine has been administered to nearly 162,000 patients since last August.

This was reportedly the fourth instance where the World Health Organization had considered sounding the alarm for a global health emergency.

A driver will get his hands washed at an Ebola screening set up apart on the avenue between Butembo and Goma, July 16, 2019 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. "The (international emergency) should not be used to stigmatize or penalize the very people who are most in need of our help", he said. It's a major regional hub on the border with Rwanda and that's raising concerns the virus may be spreading beyond the DRC's borders. The worldwide body has said that the risk of the disease spreading beyond the region was not high, BBC reported.

Ebola identified as the deadliest Zaire strain, for which however an experimental vaccine exists.

"Those restrictions would actually restrict the flow of goods and health care workers into affected countries, so they are counterproductive", she said. 43 people are believed to have been infected including 36 who have died.

Militia violence prevents aid workers from reaching some potential cases.

The Ebola virus is transmitted thru contact with blood or secretions from an contaminated person, either all of a sudden or thru immoral surfaces, needles or clinical instruments.

Last month three Ebola cases were confirmed in Uganda.

This is the fifth Public Health Emergency of International Concern with the four being the Swine Flu declaration in 2009, the Polio declaration in May 2014, the Ebola declaration in April 2014 and the Zika Virus declaration in February 2016.

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene said the pastor's death illustrated "the powder-keg nature of this. outbreak".

The current outbreak of the epidemic has been all but confined to Congo, killing 1,673 people there - more than two-thirds of those who contracted it - over the past year, and three in Uganda last month.

Finnish Red Cross/Maria Santto Rinsing Ebola protective gear in Beni, Finnish Red Cross/Maria Santo Rinsing Ebola protective gear in Beni, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

"The reality check is that a year into the epidemic, it's still not under control, and we are not where we should be", she said. Attacks on treatment centers by armed groups continue.

During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are: health workers; family members or others in close contact with infected people; mourners who have direct contact with bodies during burial rituals.

Ebola cases top 2,000 as the rate of new cases triples.

The first confirmed case is in the city of Goma.

The intensity of the epidemiological situation is fluctuating, with about 80 new cases reported weekly.

A city of about one million people, Goma sits on the northern shore of Lake Kivu, adjacent to Rwanda's town of Gisenyi. The patient, a priest, is pronounced dead by authorities two days later.

Declaring the epidemic an emergency is a rare step for the WHO, which typically reserves the move for outbreaks that could severely affect public health and/or spread to other countries.