Wednesday 17 February 2021
“The world cannot go away”
The United States warns of a new Ebola epidemic
In many African countries, cases of Ebola with deadly consequences are on the rise again. In the last Ebola crisis from 2013 to 2016, more than 11,300 people died from the virus in West Africa. The White House is concerned about the new issues and is calling for action.
As Ebola re-emerged in Africa, the United States government urged the international community to act. White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki said in Washington, Tuesday, that despite the Corona crisis, “the world cannot afford to turn away.” “We have to do everything in our power to respond quickly and effectively.”
Ebola infection has re-emerged in West and Central Africa. So far, five people have died in Guinea. The West African country was one of the epicenters of the Ebola crisis between 2013 and 2016. About 2,500 people died from the viral disease in Guinea, and more than 11,300 in the entire West African region.
Four cases were recently reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and two people have died. The government of the republic announced the end of the latest Ebola epidemic in the central African country in mid-November, and in early February it announced a new Ebola outbreak.
The Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and named after a river there. Those affected experience fever, muscle pain, and diarrhea, as well as internal bleeding and eventual organ failure. It is transmitted through direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person. In many cases, the infection is fatal.