Congolese taxi drivers have voiced their fears about Ebola, saying they too are on the frontline of possible exposure to the disease. One such driver was found propped against his motorcycle taxi outside a hospital in the city affected by Congo's latest deadly Ebola outbreak. Jean Cedric shared his fears about the risks associated with his job. "We're picking up everyone who's sick and we have no idea if they have Ebola or not. Why aren't we being vaccinated?" he said.
He said he gave a lift to a doctor last month who had treated someone who died of Ebola. It left Cedric worried that he might have contracted the virus or could be at risk of contracting the virus. The virus is spread via the bodily fluids of those infected with the virus, including the dead. It can take up to three weeks to develop symptoms.
But despite his concerns, the Mbandaka taxi driver never presented himself to health officials. Health officials are currently vaccinating everyone who has had direct contact with a sick person and then the contacts of those people too. Nor was he tracked down in health officials' efforts to find hundreds of people who might be within that double "ring" of exposure. #Congo #Africa #Ebola #outbreak #health #7D #7Dnews