Ebola outbreak in DRC.. a regional emergency?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) does not qualify as an international threat, even though cases have been confirmed in neighbouring Uganda.
“It was the view of the committee that the outbreak is a health emergency in DRC and the region, but does not meet the criteria for a public health emergency of international concern,” the United Nations health agency’s expert committee said in a statement on Friday after an emergency meeting.
Despite the outcome of the deliberations, “this outbreak is very much an emergency,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a Geneva press conference via telephone from the DRC.
In 2013, when the index case was found in village of Meliandou, Guéckédou Prefecture in rural guinea, where borders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone (most affected countries of the the West African Ebola crisis)everyone was sure that tracing and quarantining the primary contacts of the index case were sufficient to prevent further spread; none predicted about a potential epidemic. But in less than eight weeks time, Ebola crept through the frontiers to Liberia, then travelled to its congested capital Monrovia, and from the other end, in the following months, Sierra Leon was penetrated; Freetown being one of the West caravan capitals with highest population density, the disease spread vigorously. Then a couple of cases from neighboring countries were reported followed by the cases beyond Africa.
Having said that, its ok to follow the protocols in the book, but it is vital to take pragmatic steps to control further spread thinking out of book, otherwise we will end up another deadly epidemic in the central and east parts of Africa, or probably an unprecedented Pandemic. Food for thoughts..






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