The Democratic Republic of the Congo experiences its very best eruption by Ebola Virus Disease. More than 420 Ebola cases…
The Democratic Republic of the Congo experiences its very best eruption by Ebola Virus Disease.
More than 420 Ebola cases have been reported in eastern Congo. Nearly 60 percent of those infected have died of the disease.
This is the country’s tenth known Ebola epidemic but this is unusual because more than 60 percent of the patients are female.
Among them is the baby benedicte. She has lived for a month, and her short life has already been extremely difficult.
She weighs 2.9 kg. And she’s alone. Her mother had Ebola and died to give birth to her.
Baby Benedicte has spent the last three weeks of his life in a plastic insulation container without direct human contact. She developed a body temperature higher than 8 days old and was moved to a hospital in the city of Beni.
Tests show that Ebola has infected over 400 people in Beni since early August. This makes this the second worst Ebola outbreak in history after the disease killed more than 1
1,000 people in West Africa between 2013 and 2016.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the poorest nations in the world. It is struggling with civil and political uncertainty as well as corruption. This is the 10th outbreak of Ebola to hit the country since 1976, when Ebola was first identified.
Guido Cornale is with UNICEF, the UN Children‘s Emergency Fund. He says that the size of this outbreak is clear.
“It has become the worst eruption in Congo, this is not a mystery,” he said.
What’s mysterious is why more than 60 percent of cases are women, says Ndjoloko Tambwe Bathe, government health officer.
“This epidemic is feminized … it is true that women are more numerous than male cases,” he said.
Bathe would not predict when the outbreak could end, but international health officials have said it may take another six months. Experts are still studying why this epidemic affects mostly women and children, Cornale said.
“So now we can only guess . And one of the guesses is that the woman is a caretaker of sick homes. So if a family member got sick, who cares for him or her? Normally, it’s a woman he said.
Or a nurse. Many of them affected are healthcare professionals. Nurse Guilaine Mulindwa Masika spent 16 days in care after a patient gave the virus to her. She says it was the struggle of her life.
“The pain was Constant “she said.
For the sick, the road to recovery is long and lonely. Masika and others who were infected can not return to work until they are sure that the risk of infection is gone. The main hospital in Beni has families who have recovered lived in a large white guard. They are held four meters from human contact.
A nurse covered in protective clothing cares about Benedicte. Her future is unclear. is not sure where her dad is or if he will come to her.
She sleeps mostly when her death continues. 19659002] I’m Susan Shand.
VOA’s Anita Powell reported this story. Susan Shand adapted this story to learn English. George Grow was the editor.
eruption – n. A sudden increase in the number of diseases
isolation – n. the condition of being in a place or situation separate from other
epidemic – n. the sudden spread, growth or development of something like a disease