Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo | NowThis World

In a key region, near two international borders, where over 8 million people live, the ebola virus is spreading. And it might be uncontainable, according to world health officials.
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The ebola outbreak is happening in North Kivu province in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. And although health workers and aid organizations have learned how to quickly contain and treat the virus, there’s a new obstacle this time… This is the first outbreak to happen in an active war zone.

According to the DRC health ministry, teams that have been responding to the ebola outbreak have been attacked 3 to 4 times a week on average.

That has made it nearly impossible to follow normal protocol that’s been used during other ebola outbreaks. Measures that include vaccinating at risk populations.

Ebola is an infectious disease that affects the way blood clots. It can be fatal if contracted, which typically occurs through direct contact of bodily fluids.

The ebola virus gained significant international media attention after it swept through urban population centers in West Africa starting in 2014. From 2014 to 2016, over 11,000 people died from the virus according to the Center for Disease Control.

Despite the attention the 2014 outbreak received, the DRC has been battling Ebola for a long time. The first strain of the virus was originally discovered in 1976 in a river in the north of the country, called the Ebola River.

But what is the war in the eastern Congo about, and how did this outbreak happen?

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50 Responses

  1. Destroy the whole city. Wtf are people thinking?! Put the whole city in quarentine and send drugs with droids. Africa is always spreading diseases around the word. I really hope they keep their ebola on their continent and will not be allowed to travel outside their countries. This is a threat to the whole planet!!

  2. Typical communist activities. They gave people "vaccinations" of live ebola that would kill. The Ivory Coast found silver colloid wipes out ebola, but that was politically incorrect to offer it.

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  4. Well I’m black and white but I think they need to flatten a whole area would atom bomb that all care all things cure all diseases

  5. The overly localized outbreaks appear more manufactured than anything else, to either study or work on vaccine on a country, victims that will not be able to answer, fight back

  6. This is so sad why is EBOLA outbreak happening there?
    Is GOV GLOBALIST testing virus its really sad that innocent children babies families suffer from this..
    Pray that they will find a cure

  7. I want to hear from you guys on this: How do you think governments or NGOs could respond differently to get this outbreak under control?

  8. I’m sorry but you said violence in the DRC can clearly be linked back to colonial rule: simply not true. Yes Leopold was a monster but after he released hold of the land there was a chance for a democratic country to emerge, but it was the following democratic leaders/ cou leader and corrupt officials who sent DRC in the wrong direction, it’s problems have nothing to do with colonialism, it has everything to do with its current corrupt leaders, don’t shift the blame

  9. Speaking of the Congo, is the Democratic Republic of the Congo still at war with each other or is it unified under one government?

  10. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (French: République démocratique du Congo), also known as DR Congo, the DRC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo, is the southernmost country located in Central Africa.

    It is sometimes referred to by its former name of Zaire, which was its official name between 1971 and 1997.

    The DRC borders the Central African Republic to the north; South Sudan to the northeast; Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania to the east; Zambia to the south; Angola to the southwest; and the Republic of the Congo and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

    It is the second-largest country in Africa after Algeria (the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa) by area and the 11th-largest in the world.

    With a population of over 78 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populated officially Francophone country, the fourth-most-populated country in Africa, and the 16th-most-populated country in the world.

    Centered on the Congo Basin, the territory of the DRC was first inhabited by Central African foragers around 90,000 years ago and was reached by the Bantu expansion about 3,000 years ago.

    In the west, the Kingdom of Kongo ruled around the mouth of the Congo River from the 14th to 19th centuries.

    In the centre and east, the kingdoms of Luba and Lunda ruled from the 16th and 17th centuries to the 19th century.

    In the 1870s, just before the onset of the Scramble for Africa, European exploration of the Congo Basin was carried out, first led by Henry Morton Stanley under the sponsorship of King Leopold II of Belgium.

    Leopold formally acquired rights to the Congo territory at the Berlin Conference in 1885 and made the land his private property, naming it the Congo Free State.

    During the Free State, the colonial military unit, the Force Publique, forced the local population to produce rubber, and from 1885 to 1908, millions of Congolese died as a consequence of disease and exploitation.

    In 1908, Belgium, despite initial reluctance, formally annexed the Free State, which became the Belgian Congo.

    The Belgian Congo achieved independence on 30 June 1960 under the name Republic of the Congo.

    Congolese nationalist Patrice Lumumba was elected the first Prime Minister, while Joseph Kasa-Vubu became the first President.

    Conflict arose over the administration of the territory, which became known as the Congo Crisis.

    The provinces of Katanga, under Moïse Tshombe, and South Kasai attempted to secede.

    After Lumumba turned to the Soviet Union for assistance in the crisis, the U.S. and Belgium became wary and oversaw his removal from office by Kasa-Vubu on 5 September, and ultimate execution by Belgian-led Katangese troops on 17 January 1961.

    On 25 November 1965, Army Chief of Staff Joseph-Désiré Mobutu, who later renamed himself Mobutu Sese Seko, officially came into power through a coup d’état.

    In 1971, he renamed the country Zaire.

    The country was run as a dictatorial one-party state, with his Popular Movement of the Revolution as the sole legal party.

    Mobutu’s government received considerable support from the United States, due to its anti-communist stance during the Cold War.

    By the early 1990s, Mobutu’s government began to weaken.

    Destabilisation in the east resulting from the 1994 Rwandan genocide and disenfranchisement among the eastern Banyamulenge (Congolese Tutsi) population led to a 1996 invasion led by Tutsi FPR-ruled Rwanda, which began the First Congo War.

    On 17 May 1997, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, a leader of Tutsi forces from the province of South Kivu, became President after Mobutu fled to Morocco, reverting the country’s name to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Tensions between President Kabila and the Rwandan and Tutsi presence in the country led to the Second Congo War from 1998 to 2003.

    Ultimately, nine African countries and around twenty armed groups became involved in the war, which resulted in the deaths of 5.4 million people.

    The two wars devastated the country.

    President Laurent-Désiré Kabila was assassinated by one of his bodyguards on 16 January 2001 and was succeeded eight days later as President by his son Joseph.

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo is extremely rich in natural resources but has had political instability, a lack of infrastructure, issues with corruption and centuries of both commercial and colonial extraction and exploitation with little holistic development.

    Besides the capital Kinshasa, the two next largest cities Lubumbashi and Mbuji-Mayi are both mining communities.

    DR Congo’s largest export is raw minerals, with China accepting over 50% of DRC’s exports in 2012.

    In 2016, DR Congo’s level of human development was ranked 176th out of 187 countries by the Human Development Index.

    As of 2018, around 600,000 Congolese have fled to neighbouring countries from conflicts in the centre and east of the DRC.

    Two million children risk starvation, and the fighting has displaced 4.5 million people.

    The sovereign state is a member of the United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, African Union and COMESA.

  11. Could you do a video on Lyme’s Disease? It’s on the rise in first world countries particularly the USA. There’s proof that part of the cause of a surge in the disease is from Climate Change. There’s a severe lack of funding and awareness of the disease causing many people (including myself) to get misdiagnosed or go undiagnosed and suffer a range of horrible and sometimes long lasting symptoms. God bless!

  12. Nature doing what she always does. Nature doesn’t care about white or black…only fit and unfit…Darwinism…take what you want from that…however all the unfit seem to be in Africa…mother nature will soon dole out its judgement as Africa being unfit and inferior …the reasons why she is that way or how it got that way don’t matter…mother nature doesn’t care for excuses or legitimate reasons…you either are our aren’t

  13. The Democratic Republic of Congo interesting name considering it’s Not democratic it’s Not a republic
    But hey it is the Congo!

  14. Ebola-chan has returned!!!!! All praise our goddess of death and pestilence may she show her love to all humans, spread the good word that she has returned and that there is no cure for love.

  15. Remember that time when the rest of the world sent soldiers, doctors, engineers billions of dollars of investment and much more to help Europe get through the middle ages with all its disease and war….no? Me neither! Africa should be left to sort out their own problems instead of being reliant on others to do it for them. How else can Africa evolve when it’s incapable of problem solving without foreign aid? BTW i’m South African

  16. You’re not saying that people refuse getting vaccinated because they don’t believe in an Ebola outbreak… they call it government propaganda… 😣😣

  17. The Ebola strain that hit W Africa beginning in 2014 was a different strain than the original 1976 outbreak. The 2014 version was patented by the CDC.

  18. if they keep fighting while there’s an ebola outbreak going on we should perhaps just let them.

  19. The world governments are too bombarded with crazy people, they can’t react enough because they are too busy trying to fight international insanity and international crisis.

  20. Quarantine all regions that have been effected. Don’t let anyone in or out, except for healthcare workers.

  21. Why didn’t Africa colonize Europe ? Maybe it’s because Africans stayed in Africa, but Europeans came out of Africa, and then evolved into Europeans!

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