What the BMI says about Indonesia’s Ebola outbreak
Posted On June 18, 2021
Jakarta (AP) Indonesia’s Health Ministry says the country’s latest case of Ebola has been confirmed in the capital Jakarta, the countrys main airport.
The ministry said in a statement Wednesday that the new case, a patient in a medical facility, was diagnosed in the city’s main airport after he came into contact with the virus.
It added that the patient’s symptoms have improved.
The ministry also said the case was in the last week of its outbreak, which began in late March.
The countrys first cases of Ebola in the country have been recorded in March.
The Ministry said there are now 10 people infected with the disease in Jakarta and two other provinces.
The first cases were reported in March and the second in July.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said last week that more than 4,000 Indonesians have tested positive for the virus, bringing the country to the peak number in its three-year Ebola epidemic.
“This is a very important milestone,” Dr. Surya Kannan, head of the National Epidemiology and Prevention Center for Infectious Diseases at the Indonesian Ministry of Health, told reporters in Jakarta.
“We are at the point where we have identified the virus in our country.
Now we are just waiting for the next wave of cases,” he said.
At least one of the two men in the second case has been transferred to a hospital for treatment, the ministry said.
The countrys third case was identified in a hospital in the northern city of Kuta.
It was a man who had visited the capital’s famous red-light district, said the ministry.
More than 600,000 people have been infected with Ebola in Indonesia, the largest single-country outbreak in the world, with over 1,000 deaths.
The virus is transmitted through direct contact with infected people, such as sneezing or touching surfaces.
Last week, a man in a wheelchair who traveled to the capital of Bali, Aceh, to seek treatment died, after becoming infected in a hotel, according to officials in the Bali government.