The Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo is following an unusual pattern, suggesting it may well have been caused by the deliberate use of bioweapons.
According to the latest WHO update in French, the government of DR Congo first registered an Ebola outbreak on 3 May 2018. It registered 17 deaths and 21 cases in the area of Bikoro.
Le jeudi 03 mai 2018, la Division provinciale de la Santé de l’Equateur a notifié au Ministère de la Santé 21 cas de fièvre avec des signes hémorragiques et 17 décès communautaires dans l’Aire de santé de Ikoko Impenge située dans la zone de santé de Bikoro dans la province de l’Equateur.
Compare this timeline with that of the Ebola outbreak in 2017, also in a very remote and inaccessible part of the DR Congo.
On May 11th 2017, WHO identified one Ebola related death. On June 8th, 8 more cases, 4 of whom died.
On July 1st, the DR Congo was declared Ebola free after no new reported cases for 42 days.
What caused such a large Ebola outbreak this time? Why did the Congo government not register it sooner? If it could could register the Ebola outbreak in a remote part of the Congo rapidly in 2017 i.e, around when the first death occurred, then it should also have been able to register the Ebola outbreak when the first death occurred this time around. Instead, out of the blue on May 3rd, one ministry informs the other there have been 17 deaths and there are 23 cases, and WHO activates and plans a vaccine campaign within two weeks of the report.
Who has confirmed these deaths and cases are indeed Ebola related?
Democratic Republic of the Congo Ebola outbreak 2017
Initial case: 22 April 2017
Ended: 1 July 2017
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 May 2017 as having one Ebola-related death.
As of 8 June, there were five confirmed cases and three probable cases. Of these, four survived and four died. The affected areas of the DRC are Mabongo (one confirmed), Ngayi (one probable), and Nambwa (four confirmed and two probable). According to the WHO, “Modelling suggests the risk of further cases is currently low but not negligible…. As of … [8 June], 83% of simulated scenarios predict no further cases in the next 30 days.”
On 1 July 2017, DRC Minister of Public Health, Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga declared that the country had passed 42 day periods with no new recorded cases, and therefore the outbreak was over.