Health Experts Are Concerned That the Ebola Outbreak in the DRC May Spread to Large Cities

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Remember the deadly Ebola epidemic of 2014 which brought mass hysteria around the globe? Well, unfortunately, it looks like the virus is returning with a vengeance. A new report on yesterday confirmed the deaths of at least 17 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo stemming from a fresh Ebola outbreak in the country where the virus gets its name. The news has prompted growing concern among health officials that the Ebola outbreak in the DRC may spread to large cities. According to The Daily Beast, “While the outbreak occurred in a town that is relatively isolated, experts are concerned that there may be cases in a port town called Bikoro, which connects the Congo and Ubangi rivers. That opens up the possibility that the disease will travel to cities, making it much harder to contain. ‘Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and partners to reduce the loss of life and suffering related to this new Ebola virus disease outbreak,’ Dr. Peter Salama, WHO deputy director-general, Emergency Preparedness and Response, has said in a statement.” Hopefully, this time around, the Ebola outbreak will be contained and not morph into a repeat of the 2014 epidemic. Please keep victims already claimed by the virus in your prayer.

– Seraya Rivera