22 January 2020

Ebola: Africa-born virus keeps killing thousands

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Virus transmitted to people from wild animals spreads through blood, bodily fluids. reports citing AA that alongside several deadly epidemics, Ebola continues to claim the lives of thousands of Africans on the continent where the viral disease had first appeared.

Ebola first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Ebola virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) “is transmitted to people from wild animals (such as fruit bats, porcupines, and non-human primates) and then spreads in the human population through direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and with surfaces and materials (e.g. bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids.”

DR Congo’s latest and fiercest Ebola outbreak

On Aug. 1, 2018, DR Congo declared its tenth Ebola outbreak which has mainly hit the country’s northeast in the two provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, as well as cases reported in South Kivu, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

On Aug. 7, 2018, DR Congo’s national laboratory confirmed the current outbreak “is of the Zaire Ebola virus, the deadliest strain and the same one that affected West Africa during the 2014-2016 outbreak.”

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