World at risk of Ebola ‘plane plague’ spreading on flights: ‘Everyone’s at risk’…(11…)

Saturday, July 20, 2019
By Paul Martin

EBOLA could be spread to anywhere in the world on a plane, after WHO declared the disease a global emergency.

By Jamie Micklethwaite
20th July 2019

Ebola was declared a global emergency after the first fatal case was reported in a city of one million inhabitants.

Citizens of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are living in fear after the deadly disease arrived on their doorstep.

Government officials have urged world leaders to send aid as they combat the crisis.

Olivia Ajira Kwinja, World Vision’s Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Manager in the DRC, told Daily Star Online the disease needed to be tackled at a local level to stop it.

But she also gave a terrifying warning about how far the disease could spread.

She told us: “We are looking to stop this disease because we know what it can produce.

“But there is always the chance of someone getting on a plane.”

Mortality rates for people contracting Ebola are 50%, making it one of the deadliest diseases in the world.

The current outbreak has spread countries in Africa, but if an infected person were to get on a plane, it could even spread continents.

Harvard health scholar Dr Ashish Jha previously told us the chance of Ebola moving continents increases as the disease gets worse in the DRC.

He said: “While there’s an outbreak happening there’s always the chance the somebody could get on a plane and transmit the disease.

“As the disease gets worse in the DRC, the greater the chance is of that happening.

“It’s the same for the US, and that goes for China and India too.

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