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Ebola reaches a new area and increases the risk of expansion


Congolese officials registered two Ebola cases in South Kivu on August 16, confirming that the virus had spread to a third province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last year, at least 1,905 people died of the disease in this country.

“A mother and her son have been confirmed with Ebola in Mwenga, South Kivu. These are the first two cases of this province. As soon as the warning was removed, the response teams were ready to provide treatment, find contacts and start vaccination, "confirmed the World Health Organization (WHO).

The duration of intake, ie the interval between the appearance of infection and symptoms, is between 2 and 21 days.

Symptoms vary, but the onset of the disease (in the "dry phase"), the onset of a fever, severe weakness and muscle, head and neck pain are common. As the disease progresses, people usually get oomph and diarrhea ("wet phase"), a rash, kidney and liver function and, in some cases, internal and external bleeding.

South Kivu Province is located on the border of Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.

Last year, according to the WHO, more than 2,600 confirmed cases were reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including more than 1,800 people killed in different areas of Ituri and North Kivu province. Children represent about one in three cases. So far, more than 770 people have survived.

On July 17, WHO declared the outbreak of Ebola as an international public health crisis.

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