CONGO DOES A FRESH TAKE ON EBOLA AS OUTBREAK SPREADS JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE
September 14 2012
Kinshasa, Congo – For the second time this year, in only a few months in fact, Africa is facing an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. This time the outbreak is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has already killed 31 people in less than a month.
Congolese and WHO officials have been on site since the epidemic was declared back on August 17th but have been unable to halt the spread of the virus which kills upwards of 90 percent of the people it infects.
Officials now believe that the deadly disease could spread to major towns, at least major by Congo’s standards, and from there could spread much further and kill many, many more people if they are unable to get it under control
“The epidemic is not under control. On the contrary the situation is very, very serious,” said WHO official Eugene Kabambi. “If nothing is done now, the disease will reach other places, and even major towns will be threatened.”
It’s not clear why WHO isn’t currently doing anything about the spread of the disease considering the fact that it is their job and the whole reason they are there.
The largest city in the Congo is Kinshasa, the capital, which has not been infected.
Overall the country has nearly 72 million people, 90 percent of which would be a lot.
“I frankly thought they had this under control but I guess that was in another country. It’s hard to tell sometimes with Africa countries. They all kind of sound and look the same, it’s really hard to tell them apart most of the time,” said Scrape TV Health analyst Rebecca Phelps. “Anyways yeah, they need to get this thing under control or it will start to really be a problem. It’s all fine that it’s killing villagers in remote areas of the country but you don’t want that getting into valuable people which I’m sure exist in that country, whichever one it is.”
It’s the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly called Zaire.
Five health workers are among those dead from the disease which seems to indicate that even when they are trying, WHO is not doing a particularly good job of stopping this deadly an virulent disease from spreading.
“They really do need to nip this thing in the bud before it goes hogwild and kills
millions of people. I mean that is an extreme scenario and frankly probably very unlikely but it’s better to be safe than sorry when you are dealing with a deadly disease like Ebola. Any disease really but especially deadly ones, they are the worst,” continued Phelps. “I get that it’s troublesome to go out there and treat people and get close to sick and drying people but this is their job and if they don’t do it many more people will die. Hopefully if they decide to be lazy they are the ones who get burned by the disease, at least that way they will have learned a lesson, a deadly one.”
WHO officials apparently just don’t like touching icky sick people which is leading to the spread of the disease.
Lauren Hebert, Health Correspondent