UN unveils new measures to combat Ebola crisis in DR Congo
KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO — The Ebola epidemic has already killed 1,200 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is currently at risk of spreading to nearby countries, according to the World Health Organization.
According to the U.S. based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola typically affects humans and nonhuman primates.
The infection is spread through viruses within the Ebola virus group.
The virus is transferred to humans through contact with the fluids of dead wild animals, such as bats, according to the World Health Organization.
Ebola is then transmitted among humans through direct contact with contaminated body fluids.
Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, sore throat rashes and, in severe cases, internal or external bleeding.
According to the WHO website, the UN is adapting a new strategy to identify and treat people as soon as possible.
They are also said to be providing access to vaccinations.
The 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo outbreak is the second largest Ebola epidemic in history and, according to Forbes, is the country's tenth outbreak since 1976.