Possible blind spot in medics trying to tackle a Deadly Congo outbreak

An exact spot to shelter for medics trying to combat a deadly jungle-borne Ebola outbreak in northwest Congo is within reach thanks to a work based on contacts received from a neighboring regional park, a giant of engineering study suggests.

While both the Liberian-American data and the — colombia— data are dated 18+ according to institutions that own them, no deaths have been documented yet, an indication that the overall public health emergency is expanding.

The global pandemic is the third deadliest in history, exceeding 12, 000 confirmed cases and over 1, 200 deaths reported. Johnson > University�s own estimates do not show a single case of death.

The Liberian-American data is similar to many of those used by NGOs and health workers, said Jonathan Johnson, M. D., first author on the study and associate professor in Johnson & Johnson’s R&D Center.

But given the lack of data, health workers and NGOs can’t draw any conclusions on the actual number of people who may have contracted the virus given how little is known about the behavior of those infected, and there have not been any deaths yet, the analysis team said.

Trek researchers say the region recently declared a public health emergency to better understand contracting cases and develop more effective tools and resources.

The scientific term for Ebola is suspected but fully confirmed, meaning scientists still don’t know how deadly the disease is. It is one of three major refuges of Ebola which are spread through wood bats and endangered forest rodents.

The Congolese data may be more accurate because it was queried as part of a larger research project involved in health, infrastructure, and security review by Johnson & Johnson.

The project’s aim is to review the world’s top 10 engineering studies dedicated to affecting a major health emergency. The larger overall data set includes 27 studies. All but two of those are focused on Congo.

On March 14, co-authors gathered the data and analyzed it for Ebola. A cadre of academics were selected from the hospitals of people who survived the disease from March 14 to April 14. As of April 29, more than 1, 300 patients had been identified by this part of the research.

The first data source, Thursday’s report, was obtained from health services in Mattoon township, about 800 meters from the border with Uganda. That study was conducted a week before it was posted on the Web site.

A second source, virtual data, was obtained from the Congolese National Laboratories of Microbiology completed a few days prior to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency declaration on April 14.

The third data, from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola Response and Management Team, came from Uganda’s national computer data portal.

The laborious process of compiling and updating the enormous source material took 11, 000 hours of work from almost 11, 000 people and averaged about 61, 000 hours per year, the researchers said. National tech company MS Access took over up to six months as it carried out the required checks.

Signs of the virus’s activity in Uganda in before, during and after Jan. 1 -about 5, 000 meters from the border — was included in the work.

Meanwhile, a handful of Ebola patients were identified by the WHO’s Collaborating Parties Agreement-endorsed monitoring mission and sent to Uganda for the last check.

“There are people who suffered – like in Liberia – from severe symptoms, ” said Menachem Begin, M. D., medical director of the hospital in Bogota.