WHO Prepares For "Worst Case" As Congo Ebola Outbreak Spreads

In the week since we first noted the new outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the number of cases has risen by 50%, and The World Health Organization has now said it is preparing for "the worst case scenario."

The WHO has tallied 32 suspected or confirmed cases in the northwestern area of Bikoro, on the shores of Lake Tumbathe near the border with the Republic of Congo, including 18 deaths, between April 4 and May 9.

The outbreak, declared by the DRC health ministry on Tuesday, is the DRC's ninth known outbreak of Ebola since 1976, when the deadly viral disease was first identified in then-Zaire by a Belgian-led team.

Scientists are greatly concerned that this outbreak in the remote Bikoro region will travel 175 miles to the city of Mbandaka - the capital of Equateur province and home to around 1.2 million residents.

What's worrisome is that the most recent WHO update says that there are two probably cases at Wangata - which is very close to Mbandaka.

Peter Salma, head of emergency response at the World Health Organization (WHO) said last week: "If we see a town of that size infected with Ebola, then we are going to have a major urban outbreak," adding "We are very concerned, and we are planning for all scenarios, including the worst-case scenario."

The WHO is planning to send up to 40 specialists to the affected area over the next week or so, while Salma adds that the UN hopes to have a mobile lab up and running this weekend, similar to the one set up by the WHO. 

The WHO and World Food Programme are also working to set up an 'air-bridge' to help bring in supplies, however, only helicopters can be used until an airfield is cleared to allow larger planes to land, Mr Salama added.

The health body has released £738,000 ($1m) from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to support response activities for the next three months. -Daily Mail

This marks the country's ninth epidemic since the ebola virus was identified in 1976. When a small outbreak hit the DRC last year, eight people were infected and four died. In 2014, 66 were infected out of which 49 died - a 74% fatality rate. In the 2002-2003 outbreak, 90% of those infected died. That said, on average the disease kills around half of those who contract it. 

Ebola, a haemorrhagic fever, killed at least 11,000 across the world after it decimated West Africa and spread rapidly over the space of two years.

The pandemic was officially declared over back in January 2016, when Liberia was announced to be Ebola-free by the WHO.

The country, rocked by back-to-back civil wars that ended in 2003, was hit the hardest by the fever, with 40 per cent of the deaths having occurred there.

Sierra Leone reported the highest number of Ebola cases, with nearly of all those infected having been residents of the nation. -Daily Mail

Experts say the DRC's vast, remote terrain provides an advantage, as outbreaks often remain localized and easy to isolate. Bikoro, however, is not far from the Congo river - an essential waterway used for transport and commerce. Downstream lies Kinshasa and Brazzaville - the DRC's capital. The two cities are home to a combined 12 million people.

As such, neighboring countries are on high alert. Officials in Nigeria, Guinea and Gambia have incresaed screening measures along their airports and borders, measures which helped contain the virus during the West African epidemic that began in 2013. 

Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Burundi and the Republic of Congo - which border the DRC - have all been alerted.

While Kenya, which does not border the country, has issued warnings over the possible spread of Ebola.

Thermal guns to detect anyone with a fever have been put in place along its border with Uganda and at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. 

Concerned health officials in Nigeria, which also does not border the DRC, have put similar measures in place to keep its population safe. -Daily Mail

Scientists believe Ebola is most often passed to humans by fruit bats, however porcupines, gorillas, antelope and chimpanzees could also be carriers. It is transmitted between humans through blood, secretions and other bodily fluids (and surfaces) of those infected. 

There is currently no "proven" treatment for Ebola, however dozens of experimental drugs exist - including a vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV, which has reportedly protected nearly 6,000 people. 

Comments

chiburashka LiteBeeer Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:57 Permalink

Very potent way to regulate world population and migratory fluxes, starting with the most expendable and simplest hominids of all. 

I applaud WHO to be present with minimal capacity thereby preventing others to intervene at every such occurrence. They are on par with the FEMA treams deployed in NYC the day before 911.

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It's okay not to be a Jew.

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Leakanthrophy pods Tue, 05/15/2018 - 08:06 Permalink

Somehow I'm waiting for WHO to smuggle a few infected shitskins into Europe.

Last time around it didn't work well, because the Spanish nurse infected with Ebola after Ebola dying people were brought to a civilian hospital in Madrid was too fat and managed to beat the virus.

Who the fuck takes Ebola infected people to a civilian hospital in their capital? Is like they were hoping for an outbreak.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_disease_in_Spain

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FireBrander Fish Gone Bad Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:05 Permalink

Doesn't come from eating bats, it comes from drinking their piss.

Think of gathering sap in the USA for Maple Syrup, they do the same thing in Africa, but it's some other tree I can't recall the name...

The syrup is delicious to both bats and humans...the bats land on the collection apparatus and piss/shit in the collected fluid as they drink it...then humans collect the container and drink the raw syrup that contains the bat piss/shit and they contract Ebola.

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Totally_Disill… chiburashka Tue, 05/15/2018 - 08:33 Permalink

Kinda smacks of depopulation...considering the recent exposure/disclosure of clandestine rogue CIA/deep state, the NKorea claims suggesting the disease was created by the US military as a biological weapon certainly seem plausible given the fact that Pentagon scientists were developing a vaccine for 30 years, and all the rights for the drug belong to the government of the United States.

Would a pandemic be a good substitute for a war to bolster the Central Banksters?

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Albertarocks LiteBeeer Tue, 05/15/2018 - 07:29 Permalink

3 losers gave you 3 fast downvotes, but let them live in the hell of "there's no hope, nothing works" that they've created for themselves.  The fact is you are 100% correct.  The way MMS works is exactly the same way colloidal silver works , except MMS is 5 times as potent.  The science behind it is so damned simple and effective that it's almost laughable (it's all about the free electrons, and has nothing to do with some fancy non-effective fucken "drug"). 

I have a very dear friend who cured herself of breast cancer with MMS and now she's back to being one of the healthiest and most beautiful people I've ever seen.  Even on the US Dept. of Defence website there was an article showing how they had determined that colloidal silver alone wipes out Ebola almost on contact.  But I don't see that article now so I assume they just 'took it down' because it would blow big pharma's latest scare mongering program right out of the water.

The WHO is the most demonic organization on the face of this planet.  It's basically just the advertising dept. for big pharma.

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Albertarocks Fish Gone Bad Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:44 Permalink

For Christ's sake, please don't quote Wiki.  Jesus Murphy, take it from people who have been cured of horrendous diseases by using MMS.  https://jimhumble.is/

"It is hard to imagine consuming a large enough quantity to have a systemic effect without it poisoning oneself."  Same goes for chemo.  In any case, that's why MMS comes with "instructions".  Does the person want to be cured or killed?  If they want to be killed, chemo is the answer.  If they want to be cured permanently, MMS is a far healthier option.  Like it or not, MMS works and chemo & radiation are killers.  I have family member still alive and healthier than ever thanks to MMS.  End of debate!

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Automatic Choke Free Man Tue, 05/15/2018 - 03:41 Permalink

These things always play out about the same.

1) rising infection rate and death rate for 4-6 months.

2) plateau, containment, dropoff

3) asymptotically dropping away to zero.

net result - about 10k dead.    since mostly jungle poor in africa, nobody cares.

 

yes - there will be transmission to "first world' due to ease of fast airline transit.

no - it won't go epidemic in first world, since it is easy to contain and treat...you just lose the index cases.

 

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FireBrander MozartIII Tue, 05/15/2018 - 08:54 Permalink

Palestinians are a conquered people that have yet to figure that out for themselves.

If someone takes something from you, you failed in every way to protect your property; you lose..period.

Regroup, and rethink your strategy; is the "Holy Land" worth death? Really? Rocks and dust in a desert? Everyone fill a bag with "Holy" rocks/dust and move to Tahiti and start over there.

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Dilluminati Perimetr Tue, 05/15/2018 - 07:14 Permalink

Isn't there some website dedicated to that sort of issue, go there and stop posting the same damn dumb ass links that you do and which we ignore.  You would think that after some 70 years that the Palestinians could do better than what they have done which has been a cottage industry of petty warlords in an urban slum, might have done better with education.. like Taiwan or Luxenburg with simple fucking management.. but no.. throwing rocks and the good old slingshot.

Speaking for myself I tune the middle east centuries old feuds and Bullshit out!   DO NOT CARE.. do not want over here.. none of it..

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