Ebola warning: WHO increases risk level to ‘very high’ – world on alert
The WHO Africa Region department today tweeted: “So far there have been 18 cases, 9 deaths, 523 contacts, 82 percent monitored and 1604 people vaccinated.” An outbreak has also been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The WHO has warned countries neighbouring Guinea were not prepared for outbreaks or for future vaccination campaigns. According to the WHO, the death rate from Ebola is up to 90 percent in humans. When compared to coronavirus, the R rate of Ebloa is much lower as it can only be spread through direct contact with an infected host.
Ebola gains entry to the human body through broken skin or mucous membranes.
However, at present the worst-hit country of the latest outbreak is Guinea.
It is the first outbreak of the deadly virus there since a 2013-2016 outbreak, which was considered the world’s worst.
The 2013-2016 outbreak spread throughout several West African countries.
The deadly pathogen killed thousands of people during its last outbreak and the WHO is worried about the latest resurgence, especially amid the coronavirus crises.
The WHO’s Regional Emergency Director Abdou Salam Gueye said: “There are six neighbouring countries to Guinea and we conducted an assessment of readiness.
“Two of the countries are not ready and one is borderline and there are three countries more or less ready.”
The countries that border Guinea are currently not prepared to roll-out mass Ebola vaccination programmes.