For health workers on the frontlines of the battle against Ebola, time means everything.Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international health emergency in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after an outbreak of Ebola. The second-deadliest Ebola epidemic in history, it has killed more than 1,600 people so far and the numbers are rising.Haitian doctor Marie Roseline Darnycka Belizaire is helping lead the WHO’s efforts to tackle the disease in the DRC, where additional challenges include armed conflict, tough terrain and widespread fear and suspicion.Here, Marie Roseline talks us though the process of trying to contain Ebola.Step one: The first caseOne case of Ebola is an epidemic. When someone is suspected to have the virus, we must quickly get samples to check and confirm that. The symptoms are very, very similar to lots of other diseases, like malaria for example. It can begin with abdominal aches, headaches, sore throats, fevers. After two days, there will be an exacerbation of these symptoms and others may be exposed. For example, you can have diarrhoea, you can also have a higher fever. After five to seven days, we can begin to see haemorrhagic symptoms. When we get into the… Read full this story
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