Ebola: How to explain that the mortality rate decreases over the epidemics?

Ebola: How to explain that the mortality rate decreases over the epidemics?

A medical worker disinfects a tent used for suspected Ebola victims inside the Ebola isolation center at Madudu III Health Center in Mubende District, Uganda (November 1, 2022).
A medical worker disinfects a tent used for suspected Ebola victims inside the Ebola isolation center at Madudu III Health Center in Mubende District, Uganda (November 1, 2022). AP – Hajarah Nalwada

Epidemics of Ebola virus disease occur periodically in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Since September 20, an epidemic has been raging in Uganda. The last case having been reported on November 30, this January 10 marks the theoretical end of this Ugandan outbreak which has infected 142 people, including 77 fatal cases.

In the face of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease, why is it essential to identify the specific strain? How to explain that over the epidemics the mortality rate decreases?

  • Professor Eric Delaporte, professor of infectious diseasesMontpellier University and Director of a research unit at theIRD and theInserm on AIDS and emerging diseases.

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