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Ebola Zaire Outbreak Hits Democratic Republic Of Congo, WHO Confirms

May 15, 2017 04:06 AM EDT

Ebola Zaire virus in DRC
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A new and positive Ebola Zaire virus was confirmed by WHO. The outbreak spread again in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Verge reported one person had been tested positive among the three people who have died last month. Before the month of April ended, numerous people reportedly become sick in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The cause of the sickness wasn't recognized, which caused death on three people.

Two weeks after the outbreak, the World Health Organization got alarmed when the country's Ministry of Health informed the agency that one of the death was caused by the Ebola Zaire virus. According to The Atlantic, on April 22, 2017, nine people were recorded with hemorrhagic fever. Three among them have died and when tested, one was found positive for Ebola Zaire virus.

Ebola Zaire was the most dangerous virus among other species of the Ebola. Even if it's a clear outbreak, the World Health Organization or WHO, at any sense does not declare yet an epidemic condition in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Back then, the first Ebola virus (not the Zaire species) in DRC appeared in 1970 in Central Africa and is thought to have transmitted from eating animals' meat. Furthermore, the virus contracted through getting contact with the infected person's saliva, feces or blood. Symptoms include fatal illness for 21 days experiencing headaches, fever, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting among external and internal bleeding.

Afterward, the DRC had its first outbreak of Ebola Zaire virus in 1976 and was followed by a vast number of outbreaks including the latest in 2014 which infected 66 people and causing death to 49 people. Even though an extremely effective vaccine was recently found out, it's still not sent into widespread production. Fortunately, the Ebola Zaire virus outbreak spread in a remote region, so it's a way easy to contain the virus and prevent from spreading.

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