Newborn is Congo’s “young miracle” for surviving Ebola

Six days after birth, a baby is brought to an Ebola treatment center, health systems that are often regarded as places to die. The baby’s mother succumbed to the virus during childbirth. The baby contracted the disease from her.

But, Baby Benedictine was one of the few miracle survivors during this second deadliest outbreak of Ebola.

Ebola continues to spread in the Democratic Republic of Congo as 319 people are now dead, and 542 are confirmed to have the virus.

Ebola is highly virulent, and causes fever, severe headache and hemorrhaging, and kills over half of those infected. Ebola is spread by contact with bodily fluids of infected animals or humans.

In 2014, the virus killed more than 11,000 people.

Despite rising number of confirmed cases, the World Health Organization has not designated this recent outbreak as a global health issue.

Should they? Let’s take a look.

And, Geek out on two maps: one shows the worst Ebola outbreak in history (2014) and the second shows the current outbreak.


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