Second-largest Ebola outbreak spreads to major Congo city

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07 Dec 2018, 8:09 pm

Not good.

Second-largest Ebola outbreak in history spreads to major Congo city

DAKAR, Senegal — The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight.

Butembo, with more than 1 million residents, is now reporting cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. That complicates Ebola containment work already challenged by rebel attacks elsewhere that have made tracking the virus almost impossible in some isolated villages.

“We are very concerned by the epidemiological situation in the Butembo area,” said John Johnson, project coordinator with Medecins Sans Frontieres in the city. New cases are increasing quickly in the eastern suburbs and outlying, isolated districts, the medical charity said.

The outbreak declared on Aug. 1 is now second only to the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people a few years ago. There are currently 471 Ebola cases, of which 423 are confirmed, including 225 confirmed deaths, Congo’s health ministry said late Thursday. ... ongo-city/

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08 Dec 2018, 10:53 pm

People shouildn't worry about this. They should worry that they'll have a heart attack just from waking up in the morning, falling and breaking their neck going down the stairs, choking to death on their breakfast, and getting hit by a car as soon as they step out on the street. But most people don't, they only get scared when something that's unlikely going to ever happen to them is shown on the news with plenty of sensationalism. I wonder why that is?