This nasty viral disease has again cropped up in central Africa, where witch doctors still practice and tribal conflicts never really stop.
We had a scare 4 years ago when Ebola almost got loose here in the U.S. Except for a vaccine that actually works, but is hard to produce and almost impossible to get to all the people in the “hot zone” due to the continuing hostilities, no one seems to have done anything to increase our preparedness if we get more sick people here than we can handle.
And a doctor who’s suspected of being infected has been flown back here and is in one of the few hospitals capable of handling patients with this sort of disease.
The patients, some of whom had not yet been tested, broke out of the treatment centre in the Congolese city of Beni.
Officials have tracked three of them, but the rest remain at large, sparking a fear of the deadly disease spreading.
The attack was orchestrated by demonstrators angry at being excluded from voting in the weekend’s election.
Beni and its surrounding area has had voting cancelled by the government due to the ebola outbreak and militia violence.
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga said 17 patients had already tested negative for Ebola, while seven had not yet been tested.