The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced it has revised its Ebola risk assessment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from high to “very high“.
This latest outbreak of Ebola virus was declared by the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 1 August. As of 1 October, the WHO reported there had already been a total of 161 cases and 106 deaths.
During the last major Ebola outbreak in 2014-2015, when over 11 thousand people in West Africa lost their lives, Dr. Rath published an article in which he pointed out that the virus was causing disease and death only in humans and subhuman primates. As he explained, other natural hosts of this dangerous virus are not known to develop the disease. These ‘protected’ hosts also include antelopes, porcupines, and fruit eating bats. Remarkably, even though these animals can carry the Ebola virus for many years, they remain unaffected by it.
There is a scientific explanation for this fact. Most animals synthesize vitamin C in their bodies in huge amounts. Vitamin C, being one of the most powerful antiviral agents in nature, is apparently able to prevent, or at least limit, the disastrous health consequences of the Ebola virus. In the case of fruit-eating bats, an animal unable to synthesize vitamin C, their diet consists almost exclusively of fresh fruits that are high in vitamin C content.
In contrast, humans cannot produce a single molecule of vitamin C in their bodies and frequently suffer from vitamin deficiencies due to an insufficient dietary intake. This makes the human body susceptible to Ebola and other viruses. Thus, it is not surprising that the characteristic symptoms of the Ebola infection – massive blood loss through leaky blood vessel walls – bear a striking resemblance to the well-defined vitamin C deficiency symptoms of the sailors’ disease, scurvy.
The antiviral properties of vitamin C and certain other micronutrients have been proven beyond any scientific doubt. Moreover, their benefits in augmenting and improving the immune system have been recognized by no less than nine Nobel prizes. In the interests of saving as many lives as possible in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it is high time that the WHO recognized this.