The African Republic of the Congo is facing a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions as they fight to keep the deadly Ebola Virus from spreading across the county. In the midst of political unrest, those trying to help are becoming the victims of harassment and of violence.
“The World Health Organization says Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreak is now the second largest in history, behind the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago.”
According to Bloomberg.com, "The disease is believed to have killed 245 people in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, where health officials are facing ‘physical and verbal abuse’ as armed groups and community resistance hamper authorities’ response.”
“A tragic milestone today: The Ebola outbreak in DRC has officially become the second largest in history with 426 cases, surpassing the 2000 Uganda outbreak with 425 cases.”
The public is still reeling from the shock of the huge Ebola crisis when 11,000 died in West Africa between 2014 and 2016. We even had some case in the United States that drew a lot of media coverage and brought awareness of the rare disease closer to home.
The Congo, which is fraught with political and humanitarian unrest, has a particularly difficult task of dealing with the outbreak.
“Amid political chaos and military upheaval health workers are struggling to contain the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.“
An alarming number of infants have been stricken with the virus.
“Deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now 2nd largest in history. WHO is concerned about the high number of babies under a year old being infected.”
“Case counts continue to climb, health workers make up nearly 10% of cases, and infants and children are infected at alarmingly high rates, despite new tools like the vaccine. 'It’s a tragedy because it should be completely preventable, but it’s not.'
“An outbreak in a peaceful area of western Congo earlier this year was contained with preventative vaccines. But it can be a fast-spreading disease“
“The fast work that was done during the Ebola outbreak in western Congo is not as easy in the volatile areas at risk today. Gunfire, threats and curfews are slowing the fight against the disease.”
“There have been 10 Ebola outbreaks in Congo since the virus was discovered there in 1976. It spreads through contact with bodily fluids and causes hemorrhagic fever, severe vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding, and is often fatal.”
Please join us in praying that the health care workers find a way to help as many people as they can. And that the suffering is minimized in this devastating crisis.