Circular Number : 18/06-01
Africa, Ebola Virus
○ WHO has upgraded the risk index for the public health of DR Congo, where new Ebola outbreak was confirmed, to be ‘very high‘ from ‘high‘. Ebola virus gives an indication of spreadout within populated cities as new outbreak was confirmed in Mbandaka and Wangata close to Congo River populations of which mark 1.5 million.
○ WHO announced, “Mbandaka is located in the hub surrounded by major rivers and roads and it is likely that the virus may spreadout to nearby areas in DR Congo and nearby countries.“ Number of deaths in DR Congo for Ebola virus reach at least 25 from 45 cases (according to WHO report dated 18 May 2018) since last month. WHO declared, “9 neighboring countries are also in the high-risk group.“
○ Ebola virus is a deadly pathogen which can be transmitted through a small amount of body fluid an infected person can be killed in a short period for fever and bleeding of organs. At the end of 2013, about 11,300 lives were lost for 2 years due to Ebola outbreak in West Africa around Guinea and Siera Leon. More information is available in the links below. Take caution and be prepared prior to calling African ports.
- WHO’s report on Ebola Virus Disease (click)
- Letter of the Ministry of Health, DR Congo (click)