WHO Declares New Ebola Epidemic

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World Health Organization declared a new Ebola epidemic after three people were claimed to be killed by the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of the three victims was tested positive for Ebola according to Congo’s health ministry. The World Health Organization was informed by the Congolese government about the laboratory confirmed case of Ebola and they acted in reciprocity declaring an epidemic, though it’s rather unusual to declare an Ebola epidemic based on just one confirmed case of a disease.

One positive test and three possible deaths is not an epidemic by any metrics as this sounds like another money grab by the Congolese government:

 

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According to an official statement, 9 people from the Base Uele province displaying symptoms of  hemorrhagic fever were tested starting from April 22th and one of them was confirmed to have been infected with Ebola, but the details are shady to say the least. As usual, the confirmed Ebola case comes from a very remote area, and to quote Eric Kabambi, the spokesman for the Congolese government:

‘The case is in a very remote zone, very forested, so we are a little lucky. We always take this very seriously’

The Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 and the largest outbreak/epidemic has taken place in West Africa, from 2013 to 2016. During this period, it is claimed that over 11,000 Africans were killed by the virus. In March of 2016, Ebola was declared to be no longer an emergency. The disease has a ninety percent fatality death rate and one may wonder how many Africans are infected and currently heading for the EU. The last thing Europe needs is an Ebola crisis.