JOHANNESBURG – A 4-day baby is a surprising bright spot in Congo's deadly Ebola outbreaks, as the country's health ministry…
JOHANNESBURG – A 4-day baby is a surprising bright spot in Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreaks, as the country’s health ministry called her the first child born to a mother who has recovered from the virus.
“Baby Sylvana” is healthy and does not have Ebola, said the Ministry of Health. It tweeted a photo of the child, her little mouth opens into a yawning or crying, in her smiling mother’s arms.
The child is the first in this outbreak born to a mother who recovered, said the Ministry of Health. This is rare, although children have been born for Ebola survivors in previous outbreaks. The mother was found to have the virus last month.
Baby Sylvana was born Sunday at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, a troubled city where rebel attacks have threatened the health workers’ efforts to keep the outbreak.
Community opposition in a cautious region towards its first outbreak in Ebola has also damaged the outbreak of the outbreak, with misunderstandings, vandalism and even attacks on health workers commonplace.
This outbreak has become the second deadliest in history, with 628 cases being confirmed 580 by them. There have been 335 confirmed deaths.
More than 57,000 people have received an experimental Ebola vaccine when health workers rush to track contacts of confirmed Ebola victims in a densely populated turbulent region near the border with Uganda and Rwanda.
Amid the Challenges, the Congo Health Ministry has tried to highlight successes. Last month, she announced that a baby admitted to an Ebola treatment center had recovered from the virus just six days after birth.
The Ministry called baby Benedicte, whose mother had Ebola and died at birth, the youngest survivor of the outbreak.
Experts have reported alarmingly high numbers of children with Ebola in this outbreak. Children account for more than a third of all cases, UNICEF said last month.
One in 10 Ebola cases is in a child under the age of 5, it says and children contracting hemorrhagic fever are more likely to die than adults. In addition, hundreds of children have been orphaned in this outbreak.
Few cases of Ebola in infants have historically been reported, but experts suspect that transmission may occur through breast milk or close contact with infected parents. Ebola is typically spread by infected body fluids.