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Cohesive Journal of Microbiology & Infectious Disease

Could Fast Response Curtail New Congo Ebola Virus Outbreak?

  • Open or Close Philips Akinwole*

    Biology Department, Dordt College, USA

    *Corresponding author: Philips Akinwole, Biology Department, Dordt College, Sioux Center, USA

Submission: may 25, 2018; Published: June 11, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/CJMI.2018.01.000520

ISSN: 2578-0190
Volume1 Issue4


The 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola virus outbreaks was the first anywhere in the world to reach epidemic proportions - causing approximately 28,616 suspected cases and 11,310 reported deaths. The first cases of the deadly diseases were reported in Guinea in December 2013 and later spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone, with minor outbreaks in Nigeria and Maliand cases also being exported to Europe and the USA. WHO was widely criticized for its delay in taking actions to address the epidemic. Expected early alert is meant to mobilize foreign aids and actions. On August 8, 2014, WHO officially declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. This declaration triggered a surge in outside help, for instance, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered up to 3,000 troops to Liberia and promised medical resources and the constructions of as many as 17 Ebola treatment centers in the region, with about 1,700 treatment beds. Britain pledged £20 million to build Ebola clinics, China sent a 59-person lab team and Cuba sent more than 400 health workers.

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