Being one of the deadliest diseases on the planet, with a death rate above 90 per cent, Ebola is among the few plagues that government consider as a threat to natural security.
Ebola virus first spawned in the year 2013 in the western parts of Africa and was contained in the year 2016. In between the course of three years, it alone has claimed the lives of 11,000 people, beating the sums from all previous waves ‘combined’.
Once again this virus has flared like wildfire, with the latest outbreak announced as a global emergency by the World Health Organisation.
The new outbreak is seen in the Democratic Republic of Congo, started in August 2018 and still not contained. Up until now, more than 2,600 people have been infected with the virus in which 1,800 people have died.
The entire record made this outbreak the most lethal outburst since the last disaster ceased. Many cases have been reported and confirmed in the neighbouring countries Uganda and Rwanda in the month of June and July which raised the fear of imminent and wider contamination.
Ebola virus spreads in the human body through contact with secretion from animals such as bats, chimpanzees and gorillas that are infected with the virus already. Then the virus passes among people through direct contact with someone who is already contaminated or someone who has died from it.
As for now, there is no approved treatment to eradicate Ebola from the root but with early detection and tackling its symptoms might increase the patient’s chances of survival.
The current outbreak of Ebola is raising concern nationwide. And after getting declared as an International health emergency by WHO, it is safe to say that the risk of this virus of spreading outside of Congo is rather concerning. This declaration is helping in a quick international response to provide resources and get more focused attention from the government.
But albeit of all that the emerging violence and mistrust of Congo citizens on the officials is creating greater risk then imagined.