The WHO made public that Tanzania is not sharing all the data of the investigations on several patients with fever who, in the last weeks, raised alerts for possible contagion of Ebola, beyond which the Government indicated to the UN agency that there are no positive cases
In an unusual statement released about the last midnight, the World Health Organization (WHO) seriously warned that “the limited official information available from the Tanzanian authorities represents a challenge to assess risks.”
“To date, the clinical details and the results of the research, including laboratory tests performed for the differential diagnosis of these patients, have not been shared with WHO,” the agency said.
The statement explains that, between September 10 and 19, the UN agency received several “unofficial” reports stating that Ebola had been tested on suspicious patients in places such as Dar es Salaam and Mwanza (north ).
Given the serious risks and that the Ebola epidemic shaking the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) bordering in its southeastern area with Tanzania – is listed as an international emergency, the WHO teams were put on alert.
However, subsequently, the Tanzanian Government informed WHO that, on September 19, 2019, the Tanzanian Republic “had” no positive case of Ebola, nor “any suspected case admitted anywhere.” “Despite several requests, WHO received no further details of any of these cases from the Tanzanian authorities,” the UN agency said.
Despite this lack of transparency, WHO also stressed that there is no evidence of “signs of extended transmission of any disease related to these cases.” Therefore, based on the “information currently available”, it does not advise the community to apply any commercial or travel restrictions to Tanzania, a country with a powerful tourist market thanks to its beaches and natural parks.
Meanwhile, the Ebola outbreak that has been priming with the Congolese provinces of North Kivu and Ituri for almost a year and two months remains uncontrolled. At that time, there were also isolated cases in the neighboring Congolese province of South Kivu and in Uganda, as a result of the displacement of infected people.
The epidemic now has a total of 3,157 cases with 2,111 dead, according to the latest official data available. It is the worst outbreak in the history of the DRC and the second-worst in the world, only surpassed by the one that hit West Africa in 2014.
Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with contaminated blood and body fluids, causes hemorrhagic fever and can reach a mortality rate of 90% if not treated in time.