Congo Medics Arrested over Death of WHO Ebola Doctor

Congo Medics Arrested over Death of WHO Ebola Doctor”

Symptoms of the Ebola virus are intense fever, headaches, muscle pain, violent diarrhea, kidney and/or liver failure, and hemorrhages. Human-to-human transmission of the virus occurs "through direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and with surfaces and materials (e.g. bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids". However, fatality rates have varied from 25 per cent to 90 per cent in past outbreaks.

The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo began past year and spread to the region's largest city of Goma last month, killing 1,800 according to health authorities. Ituri is another province where many other Ebola cases were confirmed.

Three doctors have been arrested in eastern Congo over the murder of a World Health Organisation epidemiologist, Richard Kiboung. From the outset, World Health Organization classified the situation as a Level 3 emergency, which means it is "the most serious".

The DFA, likewise, said that concerned government agencies such as the Department of Health and its Bureau of Quarantine, the Bureau of Immigration, the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration "remain vigilant in monitoring developments on the Ebola outbreak in Central Africa".

During a meeting with Gisenyi residents on Monday evening, one person asked Rwanda's interior minister how they were expected to survive if they were limited from going to Goma, a commercial hub.

Unfortunately, the global response to the Ebola outbreak in the DRC is not all that it could be.

The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo has killed more than 1,800 people.

A fourth suspected doctor is still at large, he said, and dozens of militia members will also be charged in connection with the crime. And the Red Cross official describes the Ebola outbreak in the DRC as "incredibly complex", because it is occurring in a region that has endured two decades of conflict that "has claimed countless lives and deprived millions of even the most basic needs and services".

"Tight scrutiny of Ebola symptoms on people travelling in and out of DRC will continue till further notice".

Mozambique has intensified routine surveillance measures at its entry points and within its territory to ensure that there are no cases of the deadly Ebola virus.


Over the past 21 days for which data are available (13 July-3 August 2019), 17 different health zones reported confirmed or probable EVD cases.

Cases in major cities such as Goma warrant special consideration, but the major risk remains connected to outbreak hotspots, with viral circulation in communities that were affected previously.

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