Suspicions are increasing that the Tanzanian government covered up to four cases of ebola discovered in Dar-es-Salaam in early September.
Tanzania has denied the accusation.
According to the East African a Tanzanian volunteer female doctor in her mid-thirties returned from working in an ebola area in the DRC and was then hospitalized in Dar and died. According to the anonymous medical source, up to three of her relatives were then secretly quarantined.
The suspicions grew more reliable a week ago when WHO announced that Tanzania had violated the terms of the international health treaty and was slow-going requests for urgent data.
This was followed by new travel advisories issued by both the U.S. and the U.K. – both of which emphasized that the risk to travelers was “low” or “very low” but urged travelers to remain current about the situation.
Ebola is probably the most deadly disease found in Africa, but it is not easily transmitted and usually easily diagnosed. Outbreaks are now considered almost common in the eastern DRC and western Uganda.
More than 2000 lives have been lost in the current still uncontrolled outbreak in the eastern DRC that began more than a year ago.
The increased frequency of the outbreaks is absolutely linked to the global breakdown in good foreign relations. WHO’s funding has decreased and while the U.K. claims it has maintained its medical aid to the region, the U.S., Russia and China have dramatically decreased such aid.
In fact WHO reported earlier this year a probably efficacious vaccine, but it has not obtained enough funding for proper testing and production.
The emotional response by foreigners to ebola is considerably greater than the risk of aquiring the disease but has an unquestionably negative impact on tourism and investment. This would be the obvious reason Tanzania suppressed information about the alleged September case.
Keep in mind that a very similar situation happened in Dallas in 2014.