Ebola outbreak in central Africa: officials struggle to control the spread of the virus.

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Ebola outbreak in central Africa: officials struggle to control the spread of the virus.

World health officials are monitoring a possible outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid reports of an outbreak of the feared contagion near the country’s northern border. Public health officials in the DRC have reported at least 43 cases of suspected Ebola and four deaths. While only two of the cases have been positively confirmed in a laboratory to be Ebola, experts from the World Health Organization and the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention are closely monitoring the situation and equipment already Are in the isolated region in an attempt to contain the outbreak.

The Likati health district is located in a remote area, but contact tracing is essential to contain the outbreak in its approach; The DRC may rely on highly experienced health workers for this purpose, Yokouidé Allarangar, WHO’s representative in the DRC, in a statement earlier this month.

This is the eighth Ebola epidemic in the DRC since the discovery of the virus in 1976 and occurs only three years after an outbreak in West Africa killed more than 11,000 people and created a global panic. It is still unclear how the Ebola outbreaks begin, but researchers theorize that it could come from people who eat meat-infected pieces of meat from primates and other wild animals that are sold at local markets or from bats carried by the Carrier of the virus. The DRC may have past experience with outbreaks of Ebola, but experts argue that the remoteness of the hot zone outbreaks in the northeast of the Bas Uélé province and the ongoing civil conflict in the country make efforts to contain the spread of the difficult virus .

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