Once a year, the Thomson Reuters Foundation asks international aid organisations the humanitarian crises in the world “is neglected by most”. Also in 2018, for the second Time in a row, landed on the democratic Republic of the Congo in the first place. “I visited the Congo this year, and I’ve rarely seen such a discrepancy between the needs and the offers of help,” says Jan Egeland, head of Norwegian refugee Council (NRC). In many Parts of the Central African country’s militias, the state is considered to be extremely weak, rapes, and expulsions are for many people, daily life, several million of them are on the run.

As if that were not crisis enough: Since August of Ebola spreading in the East of the country. In the midst of a competitive Region, in the blue helmet soldiers are deployed, has infected, the Virus already 563 people, 343 died. The Ministry of health of the country informed. The outbreak has become – largely unnoticed – to the second-largest in the history of the deadly pathogen. Yet he is not nearly as large as the fatal epidemic in West Africa, which began in 2014 and as a result of which more than 11,000 people died. But in the Congo, the forces are far from the outbreak control. Experts warn: the bigger the outbreak gets, the harder it will be to fight. That he might spread in the neighbouring countries of Uganda and Rwanda, is considered to be a real danger.

most of the large town of Beni and its surrounding area is affected in the troubled province of North Kivu. There are several militias and rebel groups are active, what is there helpers difficult, and patients quickly seek to isolate and to contact their relatives. This is exactly essential to be able to an outbreak to contain.

facts about Ebola What is Ebola?

Ebola is a Virus of the highest biological protection, better to have a Virus that is extremely dangerous and very contagious said. Under the microscope it looks like a thread sometimes loops, a earthworm is not dissimilar.

The Virus belongs to the family of Filoviruses and is divided into five types. The sub-species are different dangerous. Most of the symptoms of the disease in the first three weeks of the infection.

the Virus in 1976, was Discovered by a group of researchers in the infectious disease, Peter Piot, in the former Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, lying to, not far from the current Outbreak. This gave the Virus the name Ebola, is due to a quirky coincidence. The researchers wanted to name the Virus after the place of the outbreak, Yambuku,. Because then, they feared, would remain the Name of the village forever with a deadly Virus. Therefore, Piot and his colleagues decided to name the Virus after a river that was on the map, the researcher directly next to the village of Yambuku. When the card proved to be faulty and it turned out that the river Ebola was a whole piece away, it was too late: The Virus has already had a name.


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