A four-day-old baby is a brilliant surprise in the deadly Ebola epidemic in Congo, as the country health On Thursday, the ministry called the first child of a mother who cured the virus.
"The baby Sylvana" is in good health and does not have the Ebola virus, said the Ministry of Health. He tweeted a picture of the baby, his little open mouth yawning or screaming, in the arms of his smiling mother.
The baby is the first of this epidemic to be born to a mother who has healed, said the Ministry of Health. This is rare, although babies were born of Ebola survivors during previous epidemics. It was discovered that the mother had the virus last month.
Small Sylvana was born Sunday at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, a city in crisis where rebel attacks have threatened health workers' attempts to contain the epidemic. Community resistance in a distrustful region facing its first Ebola epidemic has also harmed the response to the epidemic, with misunderstandings, vandalism and even attacks against health workers.
This epidemic became the second deadliest in history, with 628 cases, including 580 confirmed. There were 335 confirmed deaths. More than 57,000 people have received an experimental Ebola vaccine while health workers are eager to follow the contacts of confirmed Ebola victims in a densely populated and turbulent region near the border between the United States and the United States. Uganda and Rwanda.
In the middle of the challenges, the Congo Ministry of Health tried to highlight the successes. Last month, he announced that a baby admitted to an Ebola treatment center, just six days after birth, was cured of the virus. The ministry called baby Benedicte, whose mother had Ebola and died in childbirth, the youngest survivor of the epidemic.
Experts have reported a disturbing number of children with Ebola in this epidemic. Children account for more than a third of cases, UNICEF said last month. One in 10 cases of Ebola is in a child under 5, and children who develop hemorrhagic fever have a higher risk of death than adults.
In addition, hundreds of children became orphans during this epidemic.
Historically, few cases of Ebola in babies have been reported, but experts suspect possible transmission through breast milk or close contact with infected parents. The Ebola virus is usually transmitted by infected body fluids.
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