Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Over 40 Ebola cases have been reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It’s causing concern in the country. The nation’s government along with some organizations such as the World Health Organization are working to treat the patients and to control the spread of the disease.

Ebola is a very infectious disease and can make people extremely sick. The disease is caused by an infection with one of the Ebola virus species. It can be transmitted to humans from animals that have the virus. The infection can then be passed on from person to person through blood, sweat, and other bodily fluids.

In 2014–2016, some nations in Africa struggled with an Ebola outbreak. The disease had spread rapidly, and the worst affected nations at that time were Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Over 11,000 people died. When the outbreak started, there was no known cure for it and there was no vaccine that could prevent a person from getting the disease.

There is still no proven treatment available for Ebola virus disease. However, doctors have a better understanding of the disease, and there are some known treatments that help people survive the disease. There is also an experimental vaccine that has shown to be highly protective against the Ebola virus.

Image Credits: WHO and S. Hawkey for the vaccine image, WHO for the doctors’ image
Sources: http://www.who.int, https://www.theguardian.com