Alert: There’s another Ebola outbreak, and the WHO isn’t recommending travel restrictions

The latest outbreak of the Ebola virus has already 41 people and killed 20 -- that's nearly a 50% mortality rate, and the World Health Organization has suggested against travel restrictions, for reasons unknown

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EQUATEUR PROVENCE (INTELLIHUB) — On 18 May the Democratic Republic of Congo Ministry of Health declared an Ebola outbreak, marking the ninth outbreak in the past four decades.

As of 14 May there have been 41 reported cases and 20 deaths which constitutes a 48.8% mortality rate, meaning there is a 50/50 chance those infected will die and the World Health Organization Africa is not recommending that travel in and out of the region be restricted and is even advising “against restriction” for reasons unknown.

According the World Health Organization’s most recent Situation Report:

WHO advises against any restriction of travel and trade to Democratic Republic of the Congo based on currently available information. WHO continues to monitor travel and trade measures in relation to this event, and currently there are no restriction of international traffic.

The following map illustrates how the deadly virus is currently spreading.

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Figure 1. Geographical distribution of the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as of 15 May 2018 (WHO Africa)

As of 12 May, the DRC Minister of Health, the WHO, and representatives from UNICEF were on the ground in Mbandaka and Bikoro, and since other teams have been deployed to the region in an attempt to quell the virus and active surveillance has been established.

Stay frosty!

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