11 Year Old Girl In Congo Becomes Second To Die of Ebola In One Week: Is This a New Wave?

As if the coronavirus isn’t a big enough headache, humans now have something more to worry about, especially those in Africa where new cases of Ebola have emerged. In fact, on 10th April the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the death of the first victim after more than seven weeks of no recorded cases. Ironically the announcement came just two days before WHO was about to announce that the world was Ebola-free.

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1Two deaths already from Ebola

After more than seven weeks of no recorded cases, there have been two deaths in the DRC OR Democratic Republic of Congo. Both deaths occurred in the eastern city of Beni where the latest victim was an 11-month-old girl as revealed by the WHO yesterday 12th April. The country was just about to celebrate the official end to the disease after the second deadliest outbreak was recorded. Unfortunately though, just after the meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in DRC concluded, they received news of a confirmed death of a 26-year-old man.

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2Now another long wait of 42 days

The news is now a setback where authorities will have to wait another 42 days without any cases till the area can be declared Ebola-free. The Emergency Committee will again reconvene to assess the situation and calk up new recommendations. The 11-month-old girl who succumbed to the virus was being treated at the same health center where the first case a few days ago was being treated. It was 26-year-old electrician Boubacar Diallo who died a few days ago after being infected by the virus.

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3Statement by WHO Director General

WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement said “While not welcome news, this is an event we anticipated. We kept response teams in Beni and other high-risk areas for precisely this reason. ” The WHO has an effective surveillance system in place for an instant response in any outbreak in DRC. There are several alerts (people who could test positive for Ebola) being tested and investigated daily as part of the WHO initiative. The monitoring will also include Ebola deaths in high-risk areas.

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