Ebola Outbreak Expected to Grow


There are 29 suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo and at least three confirmed dead, according to the WHO. There are rumors that once suspected case of the virus cropped up in the South Sudan at the border of Congo.

Dr. Daniel Lucey, a spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, an Ebola expert, warns if Ebola were to spread outside of the country it might mean an alarming start to a larger outbreak that will continue for some time.

The first confirmed case in the DR Congo was on April 21, which was in a remote province of Bas-Uele in the northeastern part of the country.  Affected populations are located in areas only reachable by helicopter or by motorbike.  The World Health Organization has yet to issue any travel restrictions or advisories to the Congo.  However, some countries are taking precautions.  These include:  Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.  The United Kingdom and Rwanda have issued travel advisories to travel to the Congo.


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