Ebola is a virus originating in wild animals in western Africa. It is transmitted through bodily fluids. The 2014-2016 Ebola outbreaks in West Africa's Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia killed more than 11,000 people.
The disease was identified in 1976. Experimental vaccines have been used since 2015. The incubation period can range from two to three days up to three weeks. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea and internal as well as external bleeding; Ebola is not contagious (airborne), but is highly infectious. While the virus is killed easily with soap and water, those who are infected have to be placed in isolation to avoid a spread. DW content with the keyword Ebola is collated below.
This week we want to turn our attention to crises that don't get the attention they deserve. Take Neglected Tropical Diseases for instance. 1.5 billion people are affected by NTDs, a large number of those in need of treatment are living in Africa. And the war-torn country of South Sudan is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis.
We are still in the middle of a raging pandemic, fighting the coronavirus outbreak all over the world. But COVID-19 wasn't the only health emergency in 2020. The World Health Organization says they responded to over 60 emergencies, including major outbreaks of the neglected tropical disease chikungunya in Chad, yellow fewer in Togo and Gabon, measles in Mexico, among others.
No, it's not just because of "underreporting." African countries really do seem to be experiencing lower levels of COVID-19 infections (and fatalities) than other countries around the world. The question is — why? Listen to DW's science podcast for a different angle on the coronavirus — every day from Germany.
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One global pandemic is enough of a health crisis. But the Democratic Republic of Congo is now dealing with an Ebola epidemic in the northwest of the country as well as rising coronavirus infections. DW looks at what may be in store for the DRC by meeting citizens and health care workers from a country that managed to get Ebola under control: Liberia.
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