Ebola: vaccines expected in Guinea, reluctance to health measures in DRC

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Four people have died of Ebola virus disease since its resurgence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo where the population is opposed to health measures raising fears of a significant spread of the epidemic, we learned on Sunday from official source. The epidemic has also resurfaced in Guinea, where it has already caused five deaths.

Since the epidemic reappeared on February 7, “we have already recorded six Ebola cases. We have lost four patients. Two died on Friday and Saturday. We continue to take care of two patients who are treated at the CTE (Ebola Treatment Center) in Katwa ”, told AFP Dr. Eugène Syalita, provincial minister of health for North Kivu (east). Two other patients died on February 3 and 10. “Some families categorically refuse that their homes be disinfected as well as dignified and secure burials”, regretted Dr. Syalita, adding that “people have not yet understood that Ebola has just reappeared, everything is not yet clear to them ”.

As in the past, the population of this region refuses to believe in the existence of Ebola disease and opposes the change imposed to avoid contamination such as avoiding touching the sick or not washing the corpses of sick people. ‘Ebola.

11,000 doses of vaccine

The tenth epidemic, declared on August 1, 2018 in this region, was not eradicated until June 25, 2020 because of the insecurity caused by the activities of armed groups and the resistance of the populations to the health measures put in place to fight against the disease. With more than 2,200 deaths recorded, it is considered the most serious in the history of Ebola in the DRC since its appearance in 1976. On November 18, 2020, the DRC announced the official end of the eleventh Ebola epidemic in the Equateur province (north-west), which caused the death of 55 people out of 130 recorded cases.

In Guinea, 11,000 doses of vaccine are expected this Sunday, said the World Health Organization (WHO). The United States warned on Tuesday that the world could not “afford to look away” after the virus emerged.

The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans from infected animals. Human transmission occurs through bodily fluids, with the main symptoms of fever, vomiting, bleeding, diarrhea.