History’s second deadliest Ebola outbreak a cause of concern

One of the deadliest diseases of human history Ebola has stricken the Democratic Republic of Congo again. Until now, health officials have reported that it has affected 1206 people and 764 patients are dead. Many have termed it as history’s second deadliest Ebola outbreak. However, it has still not shown any sign of getting contained yet. When this disease had struck for the first time in 2014, it went on to cease for two years till 2016. During this period, it claimed 11,300 patients’ lives.

Although this outbreak has claimed so many lives till now, still officials from the World Health Organization have refused to term it as a ‘global health emergency.’ Their decision has left the majority of Ebola healthcare workers frustrated.

Congo’s border areas have many active rebel groups. With this many communities are troubling these workers while performing their work. And they have to travel to far-off places to treat the patients. The regional areas are facing high risks of Ebola. The border areas where currently outbreak is prominent include South Sudan, Uganda, and Rwanda.

Ebola happens to be a deadly virus that causes acute fever, muscle pain, extreme weakness, and a sore throat. The symptoms could be diarrhea, fever, vomiting and even internal bleeding. Once a person gets infected the symptoms can start showing up between four and 21 days.  

Health workers declared this disease last year on August 1. Experts are fearing that it may become difficult to control it on time due to various challenges that they are facing. However, WHO’s emergency committee on Ebola Prof Robert Steffen stated that declaring it emergency during the current scenario is not going to change anything on a ground level. He also said that they need funds to treat it. As of now, their health workers have received only half of the funds. They need funds immediately so that they can stop Ebola from becoming a global outbreak.

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