By: Steve Dellar | 05-19-2018 | News
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Ebola Outbreak – 3 New Cases In Major City, 500 Possibly Infected

The World Health Organization is scrambling to get a grip on the Ebola outbreak in Congo which seems to worsen by the day. Whereas we, unfortunately, had to report two days ago that the virus had now reached a major one million strong city, health officials there have by now confirmed 3 new cases.

Congo's health ministry stated worrying numbers today as it said some 17 new confirmed cases had been seen in the country in the past 24 hours alone, 21 probable cases and five suspected new ones. Overall, the country ‘s health ministry confirms that so far they are looking at some 500 people who have all been in contact with infected persons, creating a logistical nightmare in a nation of that size with terrible infrastructure.

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The city of Mbandaka, where the virus is now spreading, is only an hour flight from the capital of Kinshasa, a major urban hub of some 11 million. Should the disease reach that in the coming week, the WHO considers quarantining certain areas of the country?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What has long been needed is to treat Ebola and other pandemic risks like the national security danger they are, and to install a prominent coordinator who is devoted to marshaling resources for combating them before they wreak havoc on a wide scale. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Linda Hill (@bulldoghill) <a href="">May 19, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The problem is that both cities lie on the Congo river, the main ‘highway’ of the country, filled with barges and boats that travel all the way from Kisangani in the east to all the major cities in the country.

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Mr Pierre Rollin, an expert on the Ebola virus, working at the CDC, stated: “We don't know what's happening along the river, because the river is used by a lot of barges.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How the WHO mishandled the Ebola crisis: <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Foreign Affairs (@ForeignAffairs) <a href="">May 19, 2018</a></blockquote>

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“None of the outbreaks have been by the river or in the big towns. So we have a lot of caution before claiming we know what's going on.”


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Anonymous No. 26524 2018-05-19 : 16:54

Save us all ebola-chan

Jollee No. 26526 2018-05-19 : 17:29

This time, we should stop flights from that area, or at least examine people in a definitive way with a waiting period prior to any flights to America… I don't think it was handled appropriately the last event as well as the Mosquito viruses those were mishandled as well…

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