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Ebola Virus in Congo Could Become Endemic Given Conditions

The latest outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has the potential of becoming, for the first time, an endemic outbreak given its location in a war zone and data that suggestions that 60 to 80 percent of new cases do not have a direct epidemiological link to prior cases.

The World Health Organization has expressed concerns that the current Ebola outbreak could spread to port cities and other travel hubs that would exacerbate the transmission of the virus.  As of November 4, the outbreak has stricken 300 civilians, government aids and health care workers and resulted in the death of 186.

The director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Tom Inglesby, has also expressed concern over the potential of the outbreak becoming endemic.  According to Inglesby, if it reaches that status “we’ve lost the ability to trace contacts, stop transmission chains and contain the outbreak.”

Read more at Becker’s Hospital Review.

Read more at Doctors Without Borders.

Read more at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.







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