The latest outbreak of violence in Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo is cause for worry. Not just because of the potency of the viral disease, but how instability helps fuel the disease.
The Ebola virus, which is fatal in 90 per cent of cases, has killed more than 80 people in the DRC since its latest outbreak- the 10th since 1976, when the disease was first identified and named after a river in the mineral rich country.
Despite concerted efforts to combat its spread, war poses a major obstacle to the disease as populations move across borders to escape the violence. Considering that Kenya is one of Africa’s foremost transport hubs, how secure are our borders?
A 2014 report by the World Health Organisation that Kenya is unprepared to tame an Ebola outbreak still worries. Read more
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