Canada sending help to West Africa during second largest Ebola outbreak in history

Ebola outbreak. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – The Canadian government has sent an emergency management expert to the Republic of the Congo to help the World Health Organization battle the worsening Ebola outbreak.

The outbreak is now the second largest in history after the West Africa Ebola one that killed 11,000 people between 2014 and 2016 and put the world on edge. So far, 385 people have died in DRC and the outbreak, amid ongoing conflict and contentious elections, continues to grow.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is “closely monitoring the situation,” said spokeswoman Anna Maddison.

Although there are new tools to fight Ebola since the 2014 crisis — notably the Canadian-developed experimental vaccine — the backdrop of political instability and violence in DRC is making it difficult to contain the outbreak. It is also causing growing alarm.

Ongoing and routine attacks on health workers and violence are limiting the kind of help countries are sending.

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