Strategy Page brings us the latest on the Ebola epidemic in the Congo. I've bolded and underlined a few key sentences that reinforce what I've been saying for months.
In early August Congolese government health officials publicly stated what everyone suspected: many doctors and health care workers believe the medical relief effort is identifying only half of Congo’s Ebola virus (Ebola hemorrhagic fever) cases. That meant the current epidemic that began in August 2018, could continue another three years. During August 2019 the government and WHO (World Health Organization) confirmed the virus has spread from Ituri and North Kivu provinces to a third Congo province, South Kivu, where two cases were confirmed. WHO continues to worry about the spread of Ebola in the city of Goma (North Kivu province) and into Rwanda. Goma has over two million residents and many people cross the unguarded Rwanda border rather than an official border crossing site. Therefore they do not go through health screening.
On August 17 the government confirmed that a woman in the village 160 kilometers from Goma had contracted Ebola. This was well away from the epicenter of the epidemic. The Rwandan Hutu FDLR rebels still occasionally raid the area where this Ebola victim lived and local Security officials noted this was in a “very insecure area.”
The virus continues to take a steady toll within Congo. As of August 26 Congo had 2983 Ebola cases (2878 confirmed and 105 probable). So far 1994 have died from the virus, so it continues to have a 67 percent fatality rate. Reports have to be compiled and tend to be a few days behind the field count and, as health officials acknowledge, the figures likely understate the number of victims. On August 15 WHO reported a total of 2,842 Ebola cases and 1,905 deaths. Over an 11 day period 89 people died.
There's more at the link.
This crisis is far from over. So far, international efforts have managed to slow its spread to a crawl, instead of a sprint. That's actually a remarkable achievement, given the primitive state of that part of the world and its inhabitants. Nevertheless, a breakout is more than possible, given the realities on the ground there; and if that happens - if the disease gets beyond the "care boundaries" established in the Congo, and penetrates new countries before the boundaries can be expanded to include them - then it could flare up like wildfire.
Nobody should be taking this lightly. Ebola really could pose a threat to every nation, if things get out of hand. If you don't believe that, go back and read the death rate percentages referred to above. That's with the latest treatments, vaccines, trained staff, etc. available in the area. Without them? The good Lord only knows . . .