Pestilence Update

Ebola outbreak: WHO brands deadly virus ‘public enemy number one’ amid high risk of spread. British Video.

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.

Ebola outbreak: WHO brands deadly virus ‘public enemy number one’ amid high risk of spread. British Video.

By ROMINA MCGUINNESS PUBLISHED: 17:58, Tue, May 21, 2019 | Express.co.uk

The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief said on Monday that the risk of Ebola spreading within the Democratic Republic of Congo and to neighbouring countries remained “very high,” before branding the haemorrhagic fever as the “enemy”. WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at the start of the organisation’s annual assembly in Geneva: “Ebola does not take sides. It is the public enemy number one.” He also warned the current outbreak is “one of the most complex health emergencies we have ever faced”.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1130203/ebola-outbreak-virus-spread-congo-latest-update-world-health-organisation-WHO

More than 1,100 people have died since last August, when the Congolese health ministry declared a tenth outbreak of Ebola in the conflict-hit country in 40 years. Some 200 people have died in May alone, according to the WHO. 

Dr Tedros said: “Unless we unite to end this outbreak we run the risk it will become more widespread and more expansive and more aggressive. 

“We are not just fighting a virus. We’re fighting insecurity. We’re fighting violence. 

“We’re fighting misinformation … and we’re fighting the politicisation of an outbreak.

“The risk of the spread of Ebola remains very high”. 

Ebola is highly contagious and spreads through contact with bodily fluids. It causes a haemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding and is often fatal.  

The WHO’s warning follows a recent spike in the number of infections in the unstable north-east of the country, where political infighting in the capital Kinshasa and militia violence have proven fertile breeding ground for the killer virus.

Mistrust of outsiders by local residents has also hobbled efforts to combat the epidemic, affecting health workers’ ability to assist patients and prompting violent attacks on treatment centres. 

Since January, there has been dozens of attacks on Ebola health facilities by armed insurgents. In mid-April, a WHO doctor from Cameroon who had been deployed in response to the epidemic was killed by local rebels. 

Mr Tedros warned: “Every attack gives the virus an advantage and prevents health workers from acting.”

Earlier this month, the WHO warned that the outbreak was unlikely to be contained unless violence stops, after attacks halted response work for almost five days.

The health agency said in a statement: “Without commitment from all groups to cease these attacks, it is unlikely that this EVD (Ebola virus disease) outbreak can remain successfully contained in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.” 

Local communities have also resisted the high-security burials, which are part of a wider strategy to minimise the risk of infection from body fluids. 

Safe burials are particularly sensitive as some family members reject the intervention of health teams in the deeply intimate moment, with many willing to put their own lives at risk. 

The outbreak is the second deadliest ever recorded, after an epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa in 2013-16.

Mr Tedros, however, emphasised some important gains, saying that the WHO had vaccinated some 120,000 people against Ebola and that four experimental treatments had been given to 800 patients. In addition, no cases have been recorded in neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda. 

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