Ebola virus epidemic in Africa… stockpiling of drugs for 100 people in Korea

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With the epidemic of the Ebola virus in Africa, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said it would strengthen quarantine for immigration.

On the 7th, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), and on the 14th, the Ebola virus epidemic was declared in Guinea.

In DR Congo, four confirmed patients occurred on the 7th to 15th in the northeastern province of Bukkibu, of which two died. In addition, in Guinea, three confirmed patients occurred and died in the southeastern province of Nzerekore, and two suspected patients have occurred.

DR Congo declared the end of its 11th epidemic on November 8 last year, but the epidemic began again after only three months. Guinea has been in four and a half years since the end of 2016.

Accordingly, the two governments are operating an emergency response system and working with the World Health Organization to conduct epidemiological investigations, securing medical resources, and disinfecting contaminated facilities.

In preparation for the influx of Ebola virus in Korea, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the’Ebola virus disease countermeasure group’ was formed and operated. DR Congo and Guinea plans to collect information on the outbreak of Ebola virus, conduct risk assessment, and establish and change response strategies according to risk assessment.

In addition, DR Congo and Guinea will be designated as quarantine management areas, and in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the information on the prevention of outbound travelers will be strengthened. In addition, measures to respond to the influx of Ebola virus into Korea will be strengthened, such as monitoring the outbreak country, conducting intensive quarantine for entrants, sharing medical institution information (DUR, ITS), and strengthening the central-local government and related organizations cooperation system.

Citizens visiting DR Congo or Guinea should abide by precautions, such as avoiding contact with wild animals such as bats and monkeys, and refraining from visiting unnecessary local medical institutions. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also requested cooperation in screening measures, such as submitting a health status questionnaire.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently stockpiling 100 treatments for Ebola virus disease.

Reporter Moon Se-young [email protected]

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