The latest outbreak has helped fast-track limited governmental approval for some experimental vaccines that didn’t exist just a few years ago
By Ashley Turner | CNBC |
The Ebola virus is once again wreaking havoc in the war-torn North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, claiming an estimated 1,625 lives so far in its second-deadliest outbreak ever.
The ongoing outbreak follows the most devastating Ebola epidemic in history, which killed 11,310 and infected 28,616 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa from 2014 to 2016.
However, the latest outbreak, which has infected more than 2,400 people in the DRC since August, has helped fast-track limited governmental approval for some experimental vaccines that didn’t exist just a few years ago.
The disease first appeared in Africa in 1976. It’s transmitted from animals to humans and is highly contagious among the human population from there — through direct contact, contamination of objects or even contact with the dead. Ebola hemorrhagic fever, as it’s known, “is a rare but severe, often fatal illness in humans” that kills about half of all people who become infected with the virus, according to the World Health Organization.