Now Two Separate “Hot Spots” — In Resurgent DRC Ebola Outbreak…

No matter how one slices it, this is very unfortunate news.

And let no one be misled: it offers lessons, about COVID-19 second-, third- and fourth- waves. Viral transmission is extremely difficult to arrest. And we have a vaccine for Ebola.

We don’t have one yet for COVID-19. To be clear, Ebola is far more deadly than COVID-19, but doesn’t seem to be all that much harder to contract. . . so we should prepare for similar, (if smallish) COVID outbreaks over the summer in even fairly rural settings in the US.

Here is the latest from the WHO, in the DRC:

. . . .WHO is continuing to respond to the new Ebola outbreak in the city of Mbandaka, in the Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

So far, 8 cases have been detected. Four of those have died and the other 4 are receiving care.

To be clear, this outbreak is in the same area as a previous outbreak in 2018, which was stopped in just 3 months.

However, it is on the other side of the country to the Ebola outbreak that WHO and partners have been fighting for almost 2 years in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, in eastern DRC.

The latest person confirmed with Ebola attended the burial of one of the first cases, but was detected in the town of Bikoro, 150 kilometres away from Mbandaka. This means that two health zones are now affected.

Today almost 50 responders from WHO and partners arrived in Mbandaka, plus 3600 doses of Ebola vaccine and 2000 cartridges for lab testing.

The government is now sequencing the virus to see whether or not it is related to a previous outbreak. . . .

These are, in many respects, unprecedented times — so much unfolding almost simultaneously, around the globe. Do stay safe — and stay connected — to those. . . you love. We will have each other, if nothing else — through all of this. Onward.

नमस्ते

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