As per the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring that the Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo a public health emergency of international concern; a rare designation using only for the most serious epidemics. But the The Central African Republic is not prepared for a possible wave of the deadly Ebola virus from neighbouring DR Congo where an epidemic has claimed more than 1,700 lives.
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare and deadly disease in people and nonhuman primates. The viruses that cause EVD are located mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. People can get EVD through direct contact with an infected animal (bat or nonhuman primate) or a sick or dead person infected with Ebola virus.but “economic and human exchanges are very intense” on the border between the two countries, Somse told a news conference.
Our livestock farmers sell their cattle in the DR Congo,” he noted. “Rebel groups and poachers go back and forth across the border. The risks are high. The CAR “has to formulate a complex response with an under-funded healthcare system,” the WHO’s representative in the country, Severin Von Xylander, told the news conference.
International concern on ebola virus
Ebola 2014 will leave a long legacy: in a rapidly changing world, past experiences with deadly viruses are an imperfect guide to the future. Presumptions are dangerous; vigilance and adaptability are the key. As shown in other parts of this Situation Assessment, large outbreaks since the start of this century have shattered a number of long-standing myths.
As there is no approved vaccine or treatment for EVD. Research on EVD focuses on finding the virus’ natural host, developing vaccines to protect at-risk populations; and discovering therapies to improve treatment of the disease. Nearly a quarter of the 4.5 million population have fled their homes including more than 400,000; who have emigrated including to the DR Congo.
Nearly 1000 new cases were reporting in the week ending 14 September alone certainly; an underestimate of the true burden of disease. If the present rate of increase continues if nothing is done to intervene somewhere between 2500 (black line) and 5000 cases (blue line) will occur; each week, just four weeks from now. Affected countries could be seeing more than 10 000 cases weekly by mid-November.
However, the effected persons “has to formulate a complex response with an under-funded healthcare system;” the WHO’s representative in the country, Severin Von Xylander, told the news conference. The former French colony, though rich in natural resources; is one of the world’s poorest and most unstable nations. has suffered several violent crises since 2003; when former president Francois Bozize seized power in a coup.