Sadly enough, the world continues to confront itself with awful scenarios caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The global death toll surpasses 380,000 cases, and the pandemic reaches almost 6.5 million infections worldwide. Besides these grim stats offered by worldometers.info, an older disease begins to show its potential once more.
A new outbreak of Ebola has started in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is now also battling two other outbreaks: of COVID-19 and measles. The new Ebola outbreak began in the western city of Mbandaka, which is the capital of the Équateur Province.
Six new cases
On June 1, 2020, officials confirmed a new Ebola outbreak with six cases of infected people (three were certain, while the other three are in a suspected stage). Four of the patients have died, and the other two are receiving treatment.
WHO regional director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, confirmed the obvious that the new Ebola outbreak is happening at a challenging time. He also declared:
“Given the proximity of this new outbreak to busy transport routes and vulnerable neighbouring countries we must act quickly,”
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said about the new outbreak that it’s “a reminder that COVID-19 is not the only health threat people face. Although much of our attention is on the pandemic, WHO is continuing to monitor and respond to many other health emergencies.”
Ebola is transmitted to humans from animals like fruit bats, porcupines, and others. The virus then spreads among the population through contact with blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids. While Ebola is significantly less contagious that COVID-19, it has a much bigger mortality rate than the new coronavirus.
The grim scenario for the Democratic Republic of Congo may become even worse. The World Health Organization reported that officials expect to see even more cases as outbreak responses intensify, but let’s try to be optimistic.