A thousand people have managed to survive the Ebola outbreak that shakes the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where more than 2,100 people have died from the disease, the UN reported today.
Kavira, a Congolese woman who has become the thousandth survivor, has already been able to return home, the United Nations said in a joint statement from several of its agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) or the World Program of Food (PMA), disclosed in the DRC.
"I never thought I'd get it, but now that I'm cured I want to go back to my community and tell them to seek treatment soon if they are affected (by Ebola), because you can really survive," said Kavira, who last month received a certificate Survivor of the UN Secretary General, António Guterres.
The coordinator of the UN Emergency Response to Ebola (EERC), David Gressly, said that "each survivor gives us a reason and motivation to continue improving our fight against Ebola."
"But every survivor is also a reminder that there are lives we cannot save," Gressly added.
This outbreak - the deadliest in the history of DRC and the second in the world for deaths and cases, following the West African epidemic of 2014 - was declared on August 1, 2018 in the northeastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, although two months ago it also expanded to neighboring South Kivu.
However, control of the epidemic has suffered due to the refusal of some communities to receive treatment and insecurity in the area, where numerous armed groups operate.
"We cannot win this battle against this outbreak without the full support of the Congolese people," said Gressly.
A total of 2,137 people have died from the virus since the epidemic was declared, of which 2,023 deaths were confirmed in laboratory tests and the rest are probable, according to the latest data published by the Multisectoral Committee for Response to Ebola (CMRE) of DRC as of October 2.
The number of cases amounts to 3,198 (3,084 confirmed and 114 probable).
Since August 8, 2018, when vaccinations began, more than 232,160 people have been inoculated, according to the latest figures from the CMRE.
The most devastating global outbreak was declared in March 2014, with cases dating back to December 2013 in Guinea-Conakri, a country from which it expanded to Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Almost two years later, in January 2016, WHO declared the end of this epidemic, in which 11,300 people died and more than 28,500 were infected, figures that, according to that UN agency, could be conservative.
Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with blood and contaminated body fluids, causes hemorrhagic fever and can reach a mortality rate of 90% if not treated in time.
. (tagsToTranslate) One thousand (t) people (t) survive (t) RDC (t) caused