Ebola killed 95 in Gabon, Congo Brazzaville

Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola fever killed 95 people in Gabon and Congo Brazzaville between 2001 and 2002, according to Lamine Cissé Sarr, an official of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Sarr, who has just concluded an assessment in the Ebola-prone areas, said the haemorrhagic fever killed 53 of 65 recorded patients in Gabon, representing 81.
5 percent morbidity, while 42 deaths were reported from 57 cases in Congo Brazzaville during the period, a death rate of 73.
5 percent.
The deadly fever first broke out in Congo Brazzaville in 2001, especially in the Kellé and Mbomo areas of Cuvette Ouest region, and later spread to neighbouring Gabon.
Sarr said WHO officials tried to set up quarantine centres to stem the spread of the disease, but the local population and patients opposed the move describing the centres as "death homes".
WHO medical teams were then forced to treat patients at their homes, a situation that led to the contamination of several children.
Sarr said research was in progress to determine the cause of the disease, which is currently traced to some bush animals.
"It is not enough to abstain from eating meat originating from the forest.
You should not even handle it," the WHO official suggested.
He urged the support of the authorities and the population in the fight against the disease, saying this could be achieved through improved communication infrastructure, training of community-based agents and contingency plans to handle emergency cases.

27 november 2002 20:56:00

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