Fears of Larger Contagion as Ebola Spreads to Major Congo City

The arrival of the disease in Mbandaka, a bustling port city, is usually “a game changer,” Dr. Salama said, adding in which “urban ebola is usually a very different animal to rural ebola.”

The arrival of Ebola in Mbandaka poses a risk beyond the city’s own population. Mbandaka sits on the Congo River, a highway for the movement of people in addition to also goods to the capital, Kinshasa, in addition to also a border with the Republic of Congo.

For the moment, the earth Health Organization rates the risk of Ebola’s spreading to neighboring states as moderate in addition to also the risk of international transmission as low, Dr. Salama said. Border surveillance is usually being strengthened inside Republic of Congo in addition to also the Central African Republic, in addition to also more than a dozen countries inside region have started off screening arrivals, he said.

In contrast to the sluggish response to the Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia in addition to also Sierra Leone of 2014 to 2016, which claimed more than 11,000 lives, international health agencies are rapidly scaling up the expertise in addition to also resources to tackle the current outbreak.

Around 60 international health experts have been deployed to Congo, in addition to also another 40 are due in a matter of days, Dr. Salama said.

The medical charity Doctors Without Borders has opened treatment centers inside little town of Bikoro, close to the starting point of the outbreak in addition to also in Mbandaka. Medical teams have been deployed inside city in addition to also the province for the crucial task of tracing in addition to also mapping the location of anyone who has been in contact with those known or suspected of being infected. To date they have identified more than 400 contacts, Dr. Salama said.

in which operation provides the basis for a vaccination campaign targeting front-line responders in addition to also those exposed to the disease. The goal is usually to encircle the outbreak. the earth Health Organization shipped 4,000 doses of a newly developed Ebola vaccine to Kinshasa on Wednesday, in addition to also vaccination could start on Monday, Dr. Salama said.