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Ebola Expertise Backed Off From Congo In Mid Of Current Outbreak

The workforce from the U.S. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) was assigned in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help in managing the current Ebola outbreak. Reportedly, this team has been backed off from the worst affected areas due to safety reasons, a US administrator officer familiar with the situation reported to CNN.

The official stated that the workforce is not in any crisis spots. Tarik Jasarevic—WHO spokesman—confirmed as the latest outbreak started on August 1, 2018, there have been 211 cases of Ebola registered, including 135 fatalities. Approximately, 55 patients have reported improvement in their condition from the illness. Jasarevic also stated that there has been a new rise in cases due to challenges confronted by the response team. The team was not able to function fully due to challenges that included an increase in violence that caused to alter in location for CDC’s employees. Jasarevic stated in an email that the new spike in violent events made the response harder and that led to an increase in the risk of outbreak not only in Congo but also in neighboring countries. Another cause for the expansion in the number of reported cases is “getting an infection from the community,” said Jasarevic. Nearly half of the fresh cases arrived in the last few weeks have come from the list of contacts (friends, relatives, and others who get in touch with an affected person).

Recently, the CDC in its study also stated that in the U.S., by 2060, cases of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is expected to get double. In 2014, approximately 5 Million people in the U.S. suffered from Alzheimer’s or dementia. The CDC predicts by 2060, that number will get double and will grow to 13.9 Million. Dr. Robert R. Redfield—CDC’s Director—stated that early diagnosis is important to help people and their families dealing with the loss of memory, monitoring the health care system, and planning treatment for in the future.

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