Suspected Ebola Case Under Study in Congo - WHO


by Naba Batool

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According to the representatives of WHO, Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo are currently conducting a suspected case of Ebola virus. The case is reported in the eastern province of North Kivu.

The National Institute of Biomedical Research is currently in process to determine and test the sample to diagnose whether the patient has contracted ebola or not.

The patient under diagnosis is a 46 year old female who died on 15 Aug in Beni, a small town located in the North Kivu. The patient was admitted in the hospital for other symptoms but later it was suspected that the symptoms might be ebola virus disease.


Dr. Matshidiso Moeti who is the regional director for Africa said that "While the analysis is ongoing, WHO is already on-the-ground supporting health officials to investigate the case and prepare for a possible outbreak,"

Ebola virus is a disease in which a person suffers from poor blood clotting. It is also known as hemorrhagic fever virus. Improper blood clotting might also lead to internal bleeding which in turn causes inflammation and tissue damage.

The first ever case of ebola virus was discovered in 1976 near ebola river, hence the name. Since that time, this virus has been infecting people from time to time. It has also resulted in various outbreaks in African countries.

WHO and the UN health agency has asked authorities to be viglinate in these matters. They have also requested active cooperation from local health authorities to monitor the health status of the citizens.

The global body also expects the locals to work effectively in infection prevention and to determine control measures so that the treatments can be defined for those who are in need of it. Furthermore, they are also working effectively to raise quality awareness about Ebola on the local and global level.