This news has just been reported in RTL over here in France and is starting to make the small headlines on BFM news.
I shall make a small translation of the situation :
Since the 11th of August 13 people have died from an unknown unknown haemorrhagic virus in the Democratic republic of the Congo.
The 13 people all showed symptoms of high temperature, diarrhoea, vomiting and in the final stages, blackened vomiting.
Two epicenters for this outbreak :
Roughly 80 people who have been in contact with the 13 deceased are currently being closely monitored for health status at their homes in Boende Moke,
Lokolia, Watsikengo and Lokula, villages which are situated in the North West Equator province.
They are under daily surveillance for 21 days.
In case these people show symptoms of high temperature, diarrhoea, vomiting they will be transported to health centers in Lokolia and Watsikengo
(these towns within 30 km of each other are the epicenters of the actual outbreak).
The first victim reported was a pregnant woman and the 12 other people died after coming into contact with her while she was sick or after she
NOW HERE IS THE ALARMING PART
Of the people who have so far died :
5 health workers including 1 doctor, 2 hygenists and a hospital worker. The other victims are village dwellers who assisted at her burial.
Safety kits have now been distributed to all health workers.
Original article in French from RTL here :
This is actually quite worrying as they say that this particular virus has not been identified yet... Possible Ebola mutation or not?
More information on Viral hemorrhagic fever :
The viral hemorrhagic (or haemorrhagic) fevers (VHFs) are a diverse group of animal and human illnesses that may be caused by five distinct families
of RNA viruses: the families Arenaviridae, Filoviridae, Bunyaviridae, Flaviviridae, and Rhabdoviridae.
All types of VHF are characterized by fever and bleeding disorders and all can progress to high fever, shock and death in many cases.
Some of the VHF agents cause relatively mild illnesses, such as the Scandinavian nephropathia epidemica (a Hantavirus), while others, such as Ebola
virus, can cause severe, life-threatening disease.
Five families of RNA viruses have been recognised as being able to cause this syndrome.
The family Arenaviridae include the viruses responsible for Lassa fever, Lujo virus, Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian and Venezuelan hemorrhagic
The family Bunyaviridae include the members of the Hantavirus genus that cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), the Crimean-Congo
hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus from the Nairovirus genus, Garissa virus and Ilesha virus from the Orthobunyavirus and the Rift Valley fever (RVF)
virus from the Phlebovirus genus.
The family Filoviridae include Ebola virus and Marburg virus.
The family Flaviviridae include dengue, yellow fever, and two viruses in the tick-borne encephalitis group that cause VHF: Omsk hemorrhagic fever
virus and Kyasanur Forest disease virus.
In September 2012 scientists writing in the journal PLOS Pathogens reported the isolation of a member of the Rhabdoviridae responsible for 2 fatal and
2 non-fatal cases of hemorrhagic fever in the Bas-Congo district of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The non-fatal cases occurred in healthcare workers involved in the treatment of the other two, suggesting the possibility of person-to-person
This virus appears to be unrelated to previously known Rhabdoviruses.
Link here : en.wikipedia.org...
The worrying part about this is that we already have a possibility of an eventual worldwide epidemic/pandemic with the current Ebola situation...
another haemorrhagic virus (if not mutation of Ebola) is just going to make things even more difficult to manage.
edit on 22/8/14 by Rodinus because: Can't even spell my name right... Dugghhhhhh I need coffee