Previously the disease was suspected in patients only in rural parts of the country, but reaching the city of Mbandaka makes the outbreak, which was first reported on May 8, significantly bigger than previously thought. So far, Congolese medics have identified 44 suspected cases of Ebola, with three confirmed by lab tests. Of the 44 people believed to be infected, 23 have died.
But the case in Mbandaka may be a game changer, as an urban environment makes it easier for the deadly virus to spread. The city has direct transport connections to Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, where some 10 million people live in crowded conditions.
Ebola, a hemorrhagic disease which is endemic to tropical regions of sub-Saharan Africa, was identified in the 1970s, but historically claimed a relatively small number of lives, despite its mortality rates reaching as high as 50 percent, as its spread between isolated villages and towns was limited. But the increasing connectivity of the region resulted in a greater impact of epidemics. The one that reached its peak in 2016 claimed over 11,000 lives in 10 nations, including the US. Ebola survivors often suffer from long-term consequences of the disease and may carry dormant viruses. read more...
Flooding in Ankara, Turkey [Heavy Rains on May 5, 2018]
Biblical Worldwide Weather March 2018