Director Robert Redfield of the CDC warned on Monday that the Ebola outbreak in the Congo’s war zones may not be brought under control in the region due mostly to conflicts in the war torn region.
If this outbreak goes unconfined, it will be the first time such an event happens since the deadly viral disease was first identified in 1976, following 4 months of outbreak, 300 cases + and 187 Deaths.
If the Ebola Endemic reaches the areas of North Kivu province, in the NE, we will lose the ability to track and trace contacts and the outbreak will spread out of control. Which would have major implications for commerce and trade not only in the Congo, but throughout the whole region.
“I do think this is one of the challenges we’ll have to see, whether we’re able to contain, control and end the current outbreak with the current security situation, or do we move into the idea that this becomes more of an endemic Ebola outbreak in this region, which we’ve never really confronted,” Redfield stated.
This Ebola outbreak in DRC Congo may severely affect all diamond mining operations in the region as well as the rough diamond trade in the DRC for a substantial amount of time to come if this Ebola outbreak hits the worse case scenario.