2018 Ebola virus disease outbreak in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo: a retrospective genomic characterization

The 2018 Ebola virus disease outbreak in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, began on May 8, and was declared over on July 24. Researchers did a retrospective genomic characterization of the outbreak and assessed potential therapeutic agents and vaccines.

Ebola spread concentrated in Congo, not a wider area

An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that has killed more than 700 people and is continuing to spread does not constitute an international emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, April 12. Declaring the epidemic a “public health emergency of international concern” would have signaled that greater resources and international coordination are needed.

DRC: “Ebola is spreading faster, and many people are no longer seeking care”

This warning follows confirmation of 18 new Ebola cases on Tuesday, April 9 – the highest single day figure in the now eight month-long outbreak. Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Health Ministry also reported that 10 died people from Ebola on Tuesday, including eight who died in their communities having not sought treatment and support.