Ebola outbreak kills 31 in Congo

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The death toll in the outbreak of the Ebola virus in DR congo has doubled since last week to 31 people.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the epidemic is “not under control”.

Multiple teams of doctors are working to treat the infected including the health ministry, the WHO, aid group Doctors Without Borders and the US-based Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

A similar outbreak in western Uganda killed 16 people since July, but that outbreak is under control.

Ebola is transmitted by close personal contact. There is no treatment and no vaccine against Ebola. Ebola is transmitted to humans from monkeys or birds and is fatal in about 50 to 90 per cent of cases. Typically, victims bleed from body orifices before dying.

The rare hemorrhagic disease, named after a small river in the DRC, killed 37 people in western Uganda in 2007 and at least 170 in Congo in 2000.

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One comment

  1. Ginny

    So, is THE DOCTOR (WHO) really helping out with this? Or is it THE WHO as in Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon?

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