DRC study indicates importance of early hospitalization for Ebola cases

Early hospitalizations crucial for people to survive Ebola. | Courtesy of waterandhealth.org
A study of Ebola epidemics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) indicates that early hospitalization is crucial in Ebola virus disease (EVD) treatment, researchers announced on Tuesday.

According to the report, delays in admittance were approximated to have an 11 percent increase of the possibility of fatality each day. The DRC has seen the highest number of outbreaks of EVD of any country since the virus was first discovered in humans in 1976. The research team, consisting of representatives from the DRC Ministry of Health, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Institut National de Recherche Biom├ędicale, studied approximately 1,000 Ebola cases over a 38-year period.

The team stated that many factors are associated with delays in admittance to a hospital after symptoms begin to appear, which include distance, infrastructure problems and cultural beliefs.

They also found that Ebola virus is more likely to affect adults between the ages of 25 and 64. Those between the ages of five and 15 were the least likely group to become infected; if they did, they had lower chances of fatality. The team noted that the adult age group would more than likely be caring for other cases.

Researchers state that information distribution is important, specifically for more remote areas.

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