Ebola: This Is Not "Over"

But not for the reasons you might think

The Ugandan government declared the Ebola emergency “over” on Sept 29, 2022 . So why is the US government NOW screening passengers? What do they know that Uganda is not telling us?

Well, lots of things. First -off let’s review the news stories about this outbreak. Of interest, was that I tried to find information about this current outbreak late in September and could find nothing new.

This is what came up.

Congo declares end of latest Ebola outbreak in east

Reuters, Sept 27, 2022

KINSHASA, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo has declared the end of its latest Ebola virus outbreak in the eastern province of North Kivu, Health Minister Jean-Jacques Mbungani Mbanda said in a statement on Tuesday.

The fifteenth outbreak in the central African country emerged when a new case of the deadly virus was confirmed in the eastern city of Beni on Aug. 22.

Testing showed the case was genetically linked to the 2018-2020 outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, which killed nearly 2,300 people.

Evidently the World Health Organization, who are actually doing their job this time, didn’t agree with the Ugandan assessment of the situation. They came out with this briefing two days ago.

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing – 5 October 2022

World Health Organization, 5 October 2022

Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening.

First to Uganda, where WHO is continuing to support the government to respond to an outbreak of Ebola disease in four districts.

So far, 63 confirmed and probable cases have been reported, including 29 deaths.Ten health workers have been infected, and four have died. Four people have recovered and are receiving follow-up care.

WHO has released US$2 million from our Contingency Fund for Emergencies, and we’re working with our partners to support the Ministry of Health by sending additional specialists, supplies, and resources.

When there is a delay in detecting an Ebola outbreak, it is normal for cases to increase steadily at the beginning and then decrease as life-saving interventions and outbreak control measures are implemented.

The vaccines used successfully to curb recent Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are not effective against the type of Ebola virus that is responsible for this outbreak in Uganda.

However, several vaccines are in various stages of development against this virus, two of which could begin clinical trials in Uganda in the coming weeks, pending regulatory and ethics approvals from the Ugandan government.

The assessment from the World Health Organization caused the US Government to rightly be concerned. They immediately began screening passengers coming from these regions for symptoms and a history of whereabouts while in Uganda (“enhanced screening”).

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