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EBOLA CRISIS: Battle to combat Congo outbreak ‘is FAILING’ as death toll passes 1,200 mark –


Express. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. THE battle to combat the Ebola epidemic in the Congo has reached frightening new levels as experts warn the attempt to control the crisis “is failing” amid a new 1,200 victim death toll.PUBLISHED: 16:56, Fri, May 24, 2019 | UPDATED: 17:51, Fri, May 24, 2019 The killer disease is now spiralling out of control, with grieving locals in the central African Republic now unable to hold regular funerals for their loved ones because victims have to be buried by medical workers in highly protective suits. This is causing anger because of the disruption of age-old traditions in the region, and as a result is prompting distraught families to shun the aid of medics and specialist consultants. Recent figures show more than 100 new cases of the disease are being recorded every week.Since an outbreak in the area last August, 1,200 people have so far died.Up to 337 of those deaths happened in the first week of May alone, the Daily Mail reports.This is approximately a quarter of the death toll.Whitney Elmer, director of the non-governmental organisation Mercy Corps, said: “The current approach to the Ebola epidemic in DRC is failing to control and contain the spread of the disease.The killer disease is now spiralling out of control (Image: GETTY)“Over the past few weeks we’ve heard time and again that the response needs a rethink – now with over 100 new Ebola cases a week, it is time for a change in approach.”Mercy Corps is urging the World Health Organisation (WHO) to take a more active role in the epidemic by sending in more health workers to help combat the highly contagious illness.The charity has also asked the WHO to set up their Scale-Up Protocol for the Control of Infectious Disease (IASC).As well as shipping in more aid workers this would see the organisation send in supplies from other countries.But for the IASC to happen, the situation must be deemed to be having a serious public health impact and a high risk of international spread.Yesterday the United Nations (UN) announced they would step up its fight against the disease.Coordinator David Gressly said he would work tirelessly to boost the political and governmental response to Ebola.The news comes after the WHO branded the virus “public enemy number one” amid a high risk of it spreading to international nations.Since an outbreak in the area last August, 1,200 people have so far died (Image: GETTY)WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “Ebola does not take sides. It is the public enemy number one.”He also warned the current outbreak is “one of the most complex health emergencies we have ever faced”.Ebola symptoms include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhoea.
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