Cork talk to highlight the fight against Ebola in the Congo

Cork talk to highlight the fight against Ebola in the Congo
Health workers move a patient to a hospital after he was cleared of having ebola inside a MSF supported Ebola Treatment Centre(ETC) on November 04, 2018 in Butembo. 

An Irish medic who has just returned from fighting the Ebola virus in Africa will give a public talk about the devastating situation in Cork this evening.

Dr Carrie Garavan has been working with Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) trying to combat the latest Ebola breakout in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ebola is a severe, often fatal illness affecting humans and other primates.

The average Ebola case fatality rate is around 50% but fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.

Dr Garravan will be speaking at St Peter’s in Cork at 6.30pm this evening about the latest Ebola outbreak in DRC, which is the deadliest the country has witnessed.

It is the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.

More than 3,000 people have contracted the virus and over 2,100 people have died.

More than a year since the epidemic was declared, it is still not under control.

Irish doctor Carrie Garavan has just returned from DRC, her fifth assignment fighting Ebola.

She will recount first-hand how MSF responds to this deadly disease and discuss the unique challenges that make this outbreak so difficult to contain.

MSF is an independent medical humanitarian organisation that provides emergency aid in over 70 countries worldwide.

Based on needs alone, MSF provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, displacement or disaster regardless of race, religion or political affiliation.

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