UN unveils new measures to combat Ebola crisis in DR Congo

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The Ebola epidemic has already killed 1,200 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is currently at risk of spreading to nearby countries, according to the World Health Organization.

According to the U.S. based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola typically affects humans and nonhuman primates. The infection is spread through viruses within the Ebola virus group.

The virus is transferred to humans through contact with the fluids of dead wild animals, such as bats, according to the World Health Organization. Ebola is then transmitted among humans through direct contact with contaminated body fluids.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, sore throat rashes and, in severe cases, internal or external bleeding.

According to the WHO website, the UN is adapting a new strategy to identify and treat people as soon as possible. They are also said to be providing access to vaccinations.

The 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo outbreak is the second largest Ebola epidemic in history and, according to Forbes, is the country's tenth outbreak since 1976.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. The Ebola virus and countries where the disease could spread to
2. How the virus is typically spread
3. How the virus is transmitted to humans
4. Symptoms of the virus
5. The UN's new strategy of combating the Ebola epidemic in DR Congo

VOICEOVER (in English):
"According to the World Health Organization, the ebola epidemic has already killed 1,200 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is currently at risk of spreading to nearby countries."

"According to the U.S. based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ebola typically affects humans and nonhuman primates. The infection is spread by viruses within the Ebola virus group."

"According to the World Health Organization, the virus is transferred to humans through contact with the fluids of dead wild animals, such as bats."

"Ebola is then transmitted among humans through direct contact with contaminated body fluids."

"Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, sore throat rashes and, in severe cases, internal or external bleeding."

"According to the WHO website, the UN is adapting a new strategy to identify and treat people as soon as possible. They are also said to be providing access to vaccinations."

SOURCES: Forbes, World Health Organization, AFP, Voice of America, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
https://www.forbes.com/sites/unicefusa/2019/05/28/an-ebola-outbreak-rages-in-democratic-republic-of-congo/#2a58e9b97665
https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/23-05-2019-united-nations-strengthens-ebola-response-in-democratic-republic-of-the-congo
https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/ebola-virus-disease
https://www.africanews.com/2019/05/28/dr-congo-strengthened-effort-against-ebola-is-paying-off-but-insecurity-still-major-constraint-un-health-agency/
https://www.voanews.com/a/un-strengthens-measures-to-combat-ebola-epidemic-in-dr-congo/4932346.html
https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/about.html