> Esperant Unsovaki is about to discover she's been cured of ebola.>>
>> Her recovery testament to the effectiveness of a new treatment being deployed against the deadly fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo.>> I had intense pains, a very high fever and fatigue.
I also had pain throughout my body, I thought I had malaria or typhoid. So I went to get some medicine at the pharmacy, but I was still feeling sick after two days.>> Unsovaki received state of the art treatment in these isolation tents. That treatment is a major step forward from just a few years ago, when an Ebola outbreak in western Africa killed 11,300 people.
At that time, there was no vaccine and treatment amounted to little more than keeping patients hydrated. Since then, three experimental treatments have been rolled out, and a vaccine, manufactured by Merck, quashed this strain of the virus on the other side of Congo in just three months. But there are limits to what science can do especially on this side of the country.
Unsovaki was treated in Beni, a city in North Kivu Province. Congo's tenth Ebola outbreak is here and in neighboring Ituri Province. Both areas have been destabilized by armed rebellion and ethnic violence since two bloody civil wars in the late 1990s ad some fear doctors will be scared away.
>> If they leave, then the virus will spread and it will kill even more people. It's a real danger.>> Another challenge is downright denial, with some Beni residents saying that the only people who die are those who go for treatment. Congo's health ministry says that mistrust means that Ebola is spreading in some areas.
The latest outbreak is believed to have killed around 90 people since July and last week, authorities confirmed the first death in the trading hub of Butembo. A city of almost a million near the border with Uganda, dampening hopes that the virus was being brought under control.