Ebola

Submitted by [email protected] on Mon, 09/14/2020 - 12:00 PM


Many countries on the African continent continue to struggle with disease outbreaks such as Ebola and Lassa virus in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Scientists in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the US have developed an inexpensive, efficient point of care test for Ebola and Lassa to help manage the detection of outbreaks with limited resources. 

Content Source: Quartz Africa

Content Author: Uwagbale Edward-Ekpu


Submitted by [email protected] on Tue, 09/15/2020 - 12:00 PM


Ebola Virus in 3D

Scientists from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the US have developed a point-of-care test for both the Lassa virus and Ebola virus that is accurate, fast, and cheap.The test is based on SHERLOCK a new diagnostic that uses CRISPR technology to detect genetic fingerprints that indicate the presence of pathogens in a sample. The test can be done in any environment with minimal equipment powered with solar panels or a small generator.

 

Content Source: Quartz Africa

Content Author: Uwagbale Edward-Ekpu


Submitted by [email protected] on Wed, 09/02/2020 - 12:00 PM


As of 30 August 2020, the World Health Organization reports 109 cases (103 confirmed, 6 probable) 47 deceased, 43 recovered of Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

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Content Author: World Health Organization


Submitted by [email protected] on Mon, 08/24/2020 - 12:00 PM


According to the World Health Organization (WHO) The number of cases in the Ebola outbreak in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reached 100, a near two-fold increase in a little over five weeks.

Content Source: World Health Organization

Content Author: World Health Organization


Submitted by [email protected] on Thu, 08/06/2020 - 12:00 PM


A recent study developed an in-facility mortality risk score that reflects Ebola Disease clinical severity and can assist in the clinical prioritization of Ebola patients. The study used the anonymized medical records of 1,077 laboratory-confirmed pediatric and adult EVD patients who received treatment at the 34 Military Hospital and Police Training School Ebola Treatment Centers in Sierra Leone between the period of June 2014 to April 2015.

Content Source: Science Direct

Content Author: Jia Bainga Kangbai, ChristianHeumann, MichaelHoelscher, FodaySahr, GuenterFroeschl


Submitted by [email protected] on Wed, 06/03/2020 - 12:00 PM


The World Health Organization reports that health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have confirmed a fresh Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Mbandaka Health Zone, Équateur Province in the north-western part of the country. This event comes at a time when the 42-day countdown to the end of the EVD outbreak in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu Provinces was relaunched following re-emergence of the outbreak in Beni. As of 1 June 2020, a total of six EVD cases, including three confirmed and three probable cases have been reported. Of the six cases, four have died, giving a case fatality ratio of 67%. Two active cases are in admission and are being managed in Wangata hospital.

Content Source: World Health Organization

Content Author: World Health Organization


Submitted by [email protected] on Mon, 06/01/2020 - 12:00 PM


The European Union approved a new vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease (Zaire ebolavirus species) in individuals aged 1 year and older.  The vaccine consists of two components, Zabdeno (Ad26.ZEBOV) and Mvabea (MVA-BN-Filo). Zabdeno is given first and Mvabea is administered approximately eight weeks later as a booster.

Content Source: European Union European Medicines Agency

Content Author: European Union European Medicines Agency


Submitted by [email protected] on Tue, 04/21/2020 - 12:00 PM


The Democratic Republic of Congo has reported five new Ebola cases just as World Health Organization was preparing to declare an end to the outbreak.  

Content Source: Reuters

Content Author: Reuters


Submitted by [email protected] on Tue, 04/07/2020 - 12:00 PM


According to the World Health Organization, since 17 February 2020,  there have been no new cases  of Ebola reported in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Content Source: World Health Organization

Content Author: World Health Organization


Submitted by [email protected] on Mon, 03/23/2020 - 12:00 PM


There are no new cases of Ebola reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 17 February 2020. The World Health Organization requests $20 million to maintain surveillance and response operations until the end of the outbreak declaration. The WHO has not received new funding for the Ebola response since December 2019. 

 

 

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Content Author: World Health Organization