A “Perfect Storm” Is Surrounding One of the Worst Ebola Outbreaks in History in the DRC Right Now

by | Sep 26, 2018 | Headline News | 15 comments

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    This report was originally published by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper

    An Ebola outbreak that has been going on in the Democratic Republic of Congo since August is already one of the worst in history – the 7th worst to be precise – and it looks like it may spiral out of control. Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response, called the situation “a perfect storm.”

    Unrest and war in the region combined with community resistance and mistrust of medical personnel are making it difficult for the World Health Organization to get a handle on the outbreak. Dr. Salama said:

    “We are now extremely concerned, that several factors may be coming together over the next weeks to months to create a potential perfect storm. A perfect storm of active conflict, limiting our ability to access civilians, distress by segments of the community, already traumatized by decades of conflict and of murder…

    …We’ve seen attacks now on August 24, September 3, 9, 11, 16, 21 and most recently and most dramatically September 22 in the city itself of Beni,” he said. He said that Beni was the base for the agency’s base for the “entire operation.” (source)

    The outbreak is based in North Kivu, which is on the border of Uganda and Rwanda. Violence has displaced more than a million people in the area, and there have been a number of brutal machete attacks against civilians. Things got so bad that the WHO was forced to cease their operations for an entire week while the Ebola virus spread.

    One of the armed groups in DRC which pose a threat to civilians and the international response to Ebola, the ADF – Allied Democratic Forces – has sufficient military capacity to ambush blue helmets from the UN’a Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) and government forces – the FARDC.

    “The ADF in particular has enormous capabilities,” Dr Salama said. “They’ve been able to overrun entire FARDC-bases in and around Beni, they’ve been able to ambush (UN) forces.” (source)

    ADF is an Islamist group that is a serious threat to the Congolese government as well as relief workers.

    If WHO and its partners had to leave North Kivu … we would have grave concerns that this outbreak would not be able to be well controlled in the coming weeks or months.” (source)

    But it isn’t only violence and war that are factors in this “perfect storm.”

    Local traditions are making it the Ebola outbreak more likely to spread.

    The local traditions in the Congo are making relief efforts more difficult.

    …“We’ve heard this morning, that that ‘ville morte’, which was yesterday, has now been extended right through to Friday of this week,” he said, “which basically means for the UN family, including WHO, a lockdown in Beni. Our operations are in effect suspended.”

    …Butembo could also declare a “ville morte” in coming days in sympathy with the people of Beni, he said, potentially increasing the chances of the situation deteriorating rapidly.

    “If we do see unsafe burials that can’t be responded to and symptomatic people that can’t be accessed, we can see this situation deteriorating very quickly,” Dr. Salama said.

    A “ville morte” is a period of mourning.

    Local politicians are manipulating the public so they’re afraid to be treated.

    Meanwhile, it’s an election year in the area and local politicians are taking full advantage of this crisis.

    In addition to many people’s fear of Ebola, the WHO senior official explained that the situation was being further complicated by local politicians who “exploited and manipulated” them prior to upcoming elections.

    Social media reaction to the outbreak was also adding to a “range of conspiracy theories”, Dr Salama said, adding that people have been “actively fleeing” health-workers, including in places where there have been a large number of cases in recent weeks. (source)

    “Pockets of resistance” against treatment, fueled by the politicians, are making it difficult to get a handle on new cases. Terrified people are running away from workers into areas that are inaccessible due to security concerns.

    We also see a very concerning trend. That resistance, driven by quite natural fear of this terrifying disease, is starting to be exploited by local politicians, and we’re very concerned in the run up to elections, projected for December, that exploitation… will gather momentum and make it very difficult to root out the last cases of Ebola.”

    Some people were fleeing into the forest to escape Ebola follow-up treatment and checks, sometimes moving hundreds of kilometers, he said…

    …social media posts were conflating Ebola with criticism of the DRC government and the United Nations and “a range of conspiracy theories”, which could put health workers at risk. (source)

    This fear of treatment is something we’ve seen numerous times. During the last outbreak, families literally broke into treatment facilities and took their ailing family members who were diagnosed with active Ebola to prayer meetings, where they died in the most contagious stages of the disease.

    The disease is now threatening Uganda

    Thus far, there are no cases of Ebola in Uganda, but worry has spiked as a case was confirmed near the border at a popular destination for Ugandans.

    Tchomia landing site is the closest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) landing site to Ugandan districts in the Bunyoro sub-region On Friday, Ituri province vice governor Keta Upar said in a statement that the latest Ebola case had been reported in Tchomia.

    Tchomia is one of the busiest fish markets in eastern DRC and attracts several Ugandan businessmen from the landing sites of Butiaba, Walukoba, Kijangi, Kaiso,Sebigoro, Nkondo, Ndaiga, Ntoroko, Kyehoro and Fofo from the districts of Hoima, Buliisa, Kikuube, Ntoroko and Kagadi.

    Usually, Ugandan businessmen cross to Tchomia market on a weekly basis – posing a big threat that the Ebola outbreak can easily be brought into the country. Tchoima fish market operates every Thursday. (source)

    Ugandan officials have stepped up screening at the border.

    Screening of people crossing from DRC for signs and symptoms of Ebola is being conducted at official and unofficial points of entry. Communities have been sensitised about Ebola and are vigilant and reporting any suspicious cases for investigation. (source)

    Here’s a map that shows the area and where the case was diagnosed.

    Photo credit: Uganda New Vision

    It’s encouraging to see that Uganda is not allowing political correctness to sway them from doing the right thing for their people. We can only hope that the United States will do the same in a time where deadly diseases can spread so easily. Physical check-ups of people from areas where epidemics are out of control should be the norm, not a unique thing that is protested loudly.

    At least 100 people have died.

    The current outbreak is the 7th largest in history.

    In the past two months, 150 cases have been confirmed or “probable” and as of Sept. 23, 100 people had died.

    The worst-case scenario is that the Ebola virus continues to spread in North Kivu and moves across the border to other countries. If that happens, we could be facing a nightmare like the 2014-15 Ebola epidemic, during which more than 11,000 people died. The only good news: This time we have an effective vaccine. (source)

    As of Monday, 80% of Ebola contacts and three suspected cases could not be reached for disease monitoring.

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      1. show of hands please. Anyone here think this is ‘accidental’ – not planned? ….. waiting…. I don’t see any hands.

      2. “The only good news: This time we have an effective vaccine.”
        How is this good news? Seal border and let it run it’s course. And somebody may want to tell productive, intelligent people of Africa that digging up corpses and engaging in ritualistic dances with the corpse could be unhealthy. Typical N behavior.

      3. Please. Everybody out of the pool. Let nature takes its course and rid the world of a few hundred million pieces of shit.

        • Yikes, u r nasty.

      4. “One million people displaced.”

        What does that mean to us?

        Rawanda machetes in hand. George Soros cruises?
        Propaganda about children refugees on CNN.

        Critics of “immigration” branded racist Nazis.

        Have the PTB curtailed plane flights to and from the border of Rawanda and Uganda?

        Vaccines available, but bullets are not. The UN “Peace Keepers” can’t handle the violence so I guess they’ll just have to ship these infected black people to Sweden or Beverly Hills.


        • B. whenever the UN ‘peacekeepers’ show up to take our guns they will be slaughtered. Research the history of UN ‘peacekeeping’ operations around the world, especially in Africa, Congo in particular. They ALWAYS get their asses handed to them by whoever is resisting them. Sounds like our libturds need to be sent over there.

      5. Everyone knows that we test everything on monkeys first.
        That’s why we always test it on the monkeys in Africa maybe that’s why no one trust heath care workers in Africa

      6. Trump addressed the United Nations and told them he is a PATRIOT not an INTERNATIONALIST !!!

        You tell em Mr. President !!

        Make America GREAT !


      7. My expert advice is to stop all aid efforts and let the epidemic run it’s course…The Great Spirit has been kind enough to intervene… Apparently, brutal war among the low IQ savages is not enough to bring peace. Their land is obviously far beyond the carrying capacity…Let them work it out among themselves.

      8. Given how badly Ebola got a few years ago, if the vaccine was effective, don’t you think they would administer it? I smell a rat, don’t you? It’s endemic in that region and if it poses such a risk, you can bet if they had a vaccine, there would be a mad rush to ensure at LEAST the healthcare workers all got it.

        The story doesn’t add up.

      9. Ebola was used as a fundraising scam the last time. Hundreds of billions were raised: how much of this money was diverted into the election campaign for the Democrats?

        Surely all the money raised last time can cover this outbreak which has only killed a hundred?

        Ebola spreads because of filth. It is one of the many diseases that spread like wildfire in filthy places, but come to a halt when they hit countries that have hygiene and science.

      10. God, in his wisdom, has made the African stupid resulting in self contained population control. Africa is for commodity extraction. Nothing more.

      11. It will be interesting to see if THIS president brings Ebola patients to America.

      12. A hundred people? Get real! Until it hits a hundred million, and in an area outside of the S.H. countries of Africa I will ignore this click bait crap. NON-ISSUE.

      13. Why am I not surprised that people are running away from health workers; spreading the disease even quicker? A similar thing happens in our countries, except it is people refusing to stay at home and instead make everyone else ill. Heck if Ebola did make it here, it’d spread like wildfire. Don’t even get me started on those idiots who go into doctor’s surgeries with the FLU…
        There wouldn’t be such an issue if people helped themselves and those around them to limit the spread.

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