The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said 10 countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its neighbors, have been put on high alert after local authorities declared an Ebola outbreak earlier this week.
The affected area is "one of the most difficult terrains on earth," making it difficult to access, WHO declared. Congo-Brazzaville and the Central African Republic are also both connected to the outbreak area through river systems. The outbreak is the ninth of its kind since the virus was discovered in 1976. More than 11,000 people died as a result of infection during the West Africa outbreak after the virus spread from Guinea to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Roughly 29,000 cases were registered from March 2014 to March 2016 in what was the largest Ebola outbreak to date. Symptoms include fever, intense weakness and vomiting. The incubation period ranges from two to 21 days.There is a hope now, because WHO said it is ready to deploy an experimental vaccine campaign. However, it’s waiting to receive permission from DRC authorities, expected in the coming days. Ebola vaccines will be shipped as quickly as possible to the Democratic Republic of Congo as the number of suspected cases in the latest outbreak grows. Until now, there is no specific treatment for Ebola. Médecins sans Frontières has sent teams to the affected area. WHO has released $1 million (€840,000) to stop Ebola spread.The new Ebola outbreak could take 'three, maybe four' months to control, the DRC's top virologist says.