WHO Update on Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

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.

WHO Requests 20 Million to Prevent Re Emergence of Ebola

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. 

 

 

‘Against all odds’: The inside story of how scientists across three continents produced an Ebola vaccine

For years, researchers who studied Ebola had tried to develop vaccines and drugs to combat the virus. And for years, they had seen promising work stimied by no potential for drug makers to recoup development costs; and the sporardic nature of Ebola outbreaks provided little opportunity to subject experimental vaccines to rigorous tests.

Risk assessment of Ebola virus disease spreading in Uganda using a two-layer temporal network

Researchers presented a novel method for risk assessment based on a two-layer temporal network. The method has the ability to assess the risk of Ebola virus disease spreading. Simulation results from the two-layer temporal network confirmed that reduced physical contact with people while travelling along with other preventive measures decreases the risk of Ebola spreading.