Ebola outbreaks appear in West Africa so often. Last year, at least 17 people were killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and now, according to the latest balance of the Congolese Health Ministry, there are already more than 600 cases and 370 deaths. , of which 322 have been confirmed.
According to the statement, 609 cases have been recorded, of which 561 have been confirmed in the laboratory and 208 people have been cured, including a baby who hardly had a day of living.
However, the presence of a deadly virus causes other social problems. Last week, the Election Commission decided to postpone the March presidential election in Beni and Butembo, two of the most affected areas.
It was to the first of these cities that Health Minister Olli Iluga arrived, who called on the population to co-operate with health professionals trying to contain the virus. "We need to give support to these teams working for the benefit of the population and local communities," he said, according to local media. Actualité.
Another body that visited the area is Tedros Adhan Gebriyes, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). "I am worried about the impact of recent disturbances in this critical time, this epidemic is happening in the most difficult context that can be imagined," Adanom said.
One dubious case in Sweden
While this is happening on the African continent, a patient suspected of having Ebola appeared in Sweden. According to the newspaper Aftonbladet, the patient arrived in an emergency room at the Ankippig Hospital, where on suspicion that what might have been Ebola continued with his transfer to the University Hospital in Uppsala.
On the other hand, the Uppsala health authorities continued to close the emergency room at Ankopig Hospital, so patients are referred to health centers or at the above university hospital.
The Uppsala Health Directorate, Mikael Keller, told the local website that when he arrived at the hospital this morning, the patient had a "vomiting with blood, which could be an Ebola symptom". The government also added that the patient returned three weeks ago from a visit to Burundi "but, as far as we know, he was not allowed to visit areas where there is an active Ebola infection."
According to the World Health Organization, the average mortality rate of the virus is 50%, although some African epidemics have reached an average of up to 90%. Also, the WHO itself has warned that we are at risk of a global pandemic.
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