A new report from Save the Children released this week said that 97 children have died from the Ebola outbreak that began August last year in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Good King News.
The report also warned that the crisis around the epidemic has been growing since the number of new cases doubled last month.
The cases went from about 20 per week to over 40, according to Save The Children, who said in the last three weeks of January there were 120 new cases in general.
Ebola kills nearly half of the infected on average, but the current outbreak has a mortality rate that is slightly higher at 60 percent and is now officially the second-deadliest and second largest eruption in history.
The only bigger outbreak was the West African outbreak in 2014 that spanned several countries and killed more than 11,000 people, according to the World Health Organization.
The death toll of the current outbreak reached 500 last week, according to the health ministry of the DRC.
502 deaths and 271 people were cured, but the health officials called the vaccination program "s first implemented for the prevention of thousands more deaths in the region.
Heather Kerr, the director of Save the Children's Country in the DRC, was worried about the outbreak of the rest of the year while the country continues to suffer "from violence and conflicts and an extreme hunger crisis – such as 4 , 6 million children are acutely malnourished. "
"It is of the utmost importance to convince communities that Ebola is an urgent and real concern." People have disrupted funerals because they did not believe that the deceased had succumbed to the virus. "Relief workers were threatened because they believed they were distributing Ebola", said Kerr. "We need to expand our efforts to reach the vocal youth and community leaders to build trust and help us turn this tide. Treating the people who are sick is essential, but halting the spread of Ebola is just as important. "
Health minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said the vaccination program helped protect 76,425 people and "prevented the spread of the epidemic in the major cities in the region".
The outbreak is also preventing spread in neighboring countries, although the region has a very mobile population, so Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan are still alert to look for the symptoms of the outbreak.
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The UN health agency said that more than one million refugees and IDPs reside in the eastern region where the outbreak is going, including North Kivu and Ituri.
The virus can be transmitted from person to person, but can also come from wild animals with symptoms such as fever, headache and bleeding.
Marie-Claire Mbombo, a child protection officer for Save the Children, said that many children are afraid to be left alone because of the outbreak.
"In some cases, their parents were in hospital or working in the field, other children were orphaned, children were left at high risk of sexual abuse or having to work, some sell peanuts on the side of the way to save us, we support parents and communities to prevent the disease, but also to ensure that children are safe. "
–WN.com, Maureen Foody