An Ebola epidemic in a conflict-riven region of Democratic Republic of Congo is out of control and could become as serious as the outbreak that devastated three countries in west Africa between 2013 and 2016, experts and aid chiefs have warned.
New cases over the past month have increased at the fastest rate since the outbreak began last year, as aid agencies struggle to enact a public health response in areas that have suffered decades of neglect and conflict, with incredibly fragile health systems and regular outbreaks of deadly violence involving armed groups.
â€śIâ€™m very concerned â€“ as concerned as one can be,â€ť said Jeremy Farrar, the head of the Wellcome Trust, who called for a ceasefire to allow health teams to reach the sick and protect others in the community....
Sarah Boseley wrote: â€śWe are very concerned and the signs around the outbreak response are not good right now,â€ť said Kate White, one of its emergency managers.
New cases should be picked up by routine surveillance and testing the contacts of people who fall ill. â€śBut what we see right now is that the majority of confirmed cases are coming through community deaths. Itâ€™s a very worrying sign,â€ť she said. â€śIt means communities are not aware or not active participants in the response. People die in their communities and they have the ability to transmit the virus to as many people as possible.â€ť
I see it as another sign we are in the end times. Pestilence, in different places and earthquakes quakes, wars and rumors of wars. Some are so busy looking and picking out splinters in other peopleâ€™s eyes that they have let the oil slowly burn out and have no more to put in.