DEADLY EBOLA OUTBREAK IS PROBABLY THE WORST IN CONGO’S TRAGIC HISTORY
Ebola symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after contact with the virus, with an average of 8 to 10 days. Many common illnesses can have these same symptoms, including influenza (flu) or malaria.
This is the first time an Ebola outbreak has occurred in Congo’s far northeast. The health ministry has said teams responding to the Ebola outbreak are attacked three or four times a week on average, a level of violence unseen in the country’s nine previous outbreaks of the virus.
Ebola is spread via the body fluids of infected people, including the dead.
The big question is who is supplying the weaponry and stoking hostilities? The answer is undoubtedly complex, but many of these people are poor. They do not have the capacity of slipping down to the local gun store and buying a grenade launcher. The video lists the signs and symptoms of this awful disease.
Early symptoms of Ebola include:
- Fever greater than 101.5°F (38.6°C)
- Severe headache
- Sore throat
- Muscle pain
- Abdominal (stomach) pain
- Unexplained haemorrhaging (bleeding or bruising)
The virus spreads through direct contact (such as through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, or mouth) with:
- Blood or body fluids (urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with or has died from EVD
- Objects (such as needles and syringes) contaminated with body fluids from a person sick with EVD or the body of a person who died from EVD
- Infected fruit bats or nonhuman primates (such as apes and monkeys)
- Semen from a man who recovered from EVD (through oral, vaginal, or anal sex)
A disease like this could be largely eradicated altogether with all the advances that have been made in disease control. It is the barbarous armed and brutal conflict that stands in the way.
It may be disregarded by the complacent sheeple in Western countries as being a ‘far-away’ problem, but with the uncontrolled flood of migrants arriving on European shores, this plague could be among us in a matter of days. Already, we see how poorly authorities control migrants. If officials themselves become infected, then we will really see a true zombie apocalypse descend upon us like something out of the middle ages.
According to the Congo’s Health Ministry in Kinshasa from a few days ago there have been 319 confirmed and probable cases and 198 people killed since 1st August 2018. However, almost 100 have survived Ebola.
“No other epidemic in the world has been as complex as theone we are currently experiencing,” Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalengasaid. “Since their arrival in the region, the response teams have facedthreats, physical assaults, repeated destruction of their equipment, andkidnapping. Two of our colleagues in the Rapid Response Medical Unit even losttheir lives in an attack.”
Armed groups vying for control of Congo’s mineral-rich east havestaged regular attacks in Congo’s Ituri and North Kivu provinces, complicatingthe response by health officials who are also meeting community resistance.
Health officials, however, have managed to vaccinate more than27,000 high-risk contacts, of which at least half could have developed Ebola,the health minister said.
“This epidemic remains dangerous and unpredictable, and wemust not let our guard down. We must continue to pursue a very dynamic responsethat requires permanent readjustments and real ownership at the communitylevel,” he said.
The head of U.N. peacekeeping operations vowed this week to domore with Congo’s government to help improve security in the country’s east.
Like most reports from this region, I have to rely heavily on what I am told from agencies and other sources such as the UN.
Whilst I feel it is very important that people know something bad is going on, I am extremely sceptical about the selective presentation that we are given.
Basically, we are told things are bad. People are suffering and dying in horrible conditions. We are not told much about corruption. We are not told how ‘clean’ the UN is and what actual role they play. We are not told what the actual people feel, nor whether any of the militant factions have a legitimate reason for their aggression.