Ebola Spreading & Media Silent

Commentary On Ebola Along with Mass Awakening by Mitch Santell


 

Ebola is like a fire. It keeps burning.

TO UNDERSTAND why the Ebola virus disease is spreading in Congo, think of a fire. The virus burns in a fire pit and periodically leaps out. Health workers scramble to contain the outbreaks, which sometimes strike in locations by surprise. Thus, it is alarming to hear from the World Health Organization that responders are being forced to retreat on some days because of the dangerous security situation created by armed militias .

So far, Ebola has not leapt over international boundaries, and teams of extremely brave health-care and medical workers are trying to execute the tactic that has worked before: contain the virus inside a ring, interrupting transmission. This requires a skillful choreography: surveillance, case investigation, contact tracing and vaccination. Unlike the 2014-2016 West Africa epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people, today’s responders have a vital tool in an efficacious vaccine.

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We were warned of what is now here. Who told us? Hollywood.


Ebola is back. It’s an emergency.

AS THE world learned in 2014, early action against a pandemic is absolutely critical to save lives. In the Ebola outbreak that year, the global response was abysmal and lethargic. The virus killed 11,314 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. This is why specialists are worried about a new outbreak in Congo, first discovered in a remote area but now at the doorstep of Mbandaka, a city of 1.2 million, where one case has been confirmed. This is not yet a wildfire, but rapid response is the best way to make sure it does not become one.

The World Health Organization came in for justified criticism after the 2014 pandemic. A subsequent study found that it fell down on all of its core functions: helping nations build health-care capacity, providing early warning, establishing technical norms and mobilizing resources. The WHO appears to have learned the lessons, and its director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, vows “decisive action” this time, although there are still funding shortfalls.Nothing less than a full-court press will do. One of the new tools available is more than 7,000 injections of an experimental vaccine being delivered from pharmaceutical firm Merck; the vaccine was shown to be effective in limited trials during the West Africa outbreak.

Ebola causes internal bleeding and spreads rapidly through contact with small amounts of bodily fluid. Endemic in Congo, it is often transmitted to humans by contact with an infected animal. The first reports of this outbreak were from Bikoro, a small town more than 90 miles from Mbandaka, where the WHO says health facilities have limited functionality and are difficult to reach. While it is no small challenge to stop the virus in such distant points, cities present a nightmare scenario. The WHO senior official fighting the outbreak, Peter Salama, said the spread to Mbandaka meant there was the potential for an “explosive increase” in cases. The toll so far is 45 cases, of which 10 are suspected, 21 probable and 14 confirmed; 25 people have died.

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