Pestilence Update

Ebola outbreak: Death toll tops 600 in conflict-hit Democratic Republic of Congo

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains that occur in greater severity, frequency, size and duration prior to giving birth. End of note.

Ebola outbreak: Death toll tops 600 in conflict-hit Democratic Republic of Congo

MORE than 600 people have now died from an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, health officials said on Monday.

By ROMINA MCGUINNESS. PUBLISHED: 16:35, Tue, Mar 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 16:58, Tue, Mar 19, 2019

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The outbreak is believed to have killed 603 people, according to a bulletin posted by the Congolese Health Ministry. Health authorities in the African nation also revealed there have been nearly 1,000 cases of the deadly virus since the epidemic began last August. Ebola – which causes fever with severe vomiting and diarrhoea – can be transmitted through blood and other bodily fluids of people who have been infected. Around half of cases are fatal.

Since the start of the epidemic, there have been 960 Ebola cases, including 895 confirmed and 65 probable. There have also been 603 deaths (538 confirmed and 65 probable), while 314 patients have made a full recovery,” the bulletin read.

The health ministry added that five deaths and nine new cases had been confirmed on Sunday, and that 172 “suspected” Ebola cases were currently being investigated.

A vaccination programme has so far inoculated “89,173 people” and “saved thousands of lives,” health officials stressed.

DR Congo is using German pharmaceutical company Merck’s experimental Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV to fight the virus.

The breakout is the second largest in history, after the 2014 West Africa Ebola epidemic that lasted for two years, infecting 28,000 and killing more than 11,300.

Ebola can be transmitted between humans through blood and other bodily fluids of people who have been infected, and by touching infected surfaces. It causes haemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding – more than half of cases are fatal.

But the outbreak is now concentrated in two areas and could be over by September, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said last week, insisting that the country needs help tackling broader health issues.

We have averted a much larger outbreak,” WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus Adhanom told a news conference, adding that the affected area was contained and shrinking. “Our target now is to finish it within the next six months.”

Mr Tedros said the WHO would not leave when the outbreak ended, and would instead help the government to build stronger health services.

He said: “I’d actually like to call upon the international community to link the outbreak control now with developing the health system.”

He urged international donors to help fund the $148million (£111million) plan to tackle Ebola in the next six months.

While a rapid international response has so far prevented the killer disease from spreading into neighbouring countries, community distrust and attacks by armed groups have hampered the response.

Armed rebels have attacked, kidnapped and killed health workers trying to combat the outbreak and equipment has been destroyed, making it difficult to help Ebola victims in areas marred by violence and poverty.

Last week, youths attacked an Ebola centre after medics attempted to collect samples from the body of a man suspected of having died of the virus.

Police opened fire to disperse the crowd in the Biena health zone, west of Butembo, killing one person and injuring another, the ministry said in a statement.

In mid-February, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) suspended non-essential work in part of eastern DR Congo after gunmen kidnapped two of its local staff.

MSF’s international president Joanne Liu later told reporters in Geneva the “existing atmosphere can only be described as toxic” and that health workers were increasingly seen as the enemy.

“There is a lot of militarisation of the Ebola response,” she said. “Using police to force people into complying with health measures is not only unethical, it’s totally counterproductive. The communities are not the enemy.”

Involvement of security and police forces merely deepens suspicions that Ebola is being used as a political tool, she continued. “Ebola still has the upper hand.”

Mineral-rich eastern DR Congo has been in the grip of a conflict fuelled by ethnic rivalries and territorial disputes for more than 20 years.

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