An attack on front-line responders to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo thretaens the progress made in bringing the current outbreak to an end. The current outbreak has killed more than 2,200 people over the past 16 months and has proved difficult to stamp out due to conditions in the response areas.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday, November 26, evacuated dozens of personnel working on the Ebola epidemic from the town of Beni due to the worsening security situation. On Sunday, rebels killed eight people in an overnight raid.
Amid attacks on civilians by armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an Ebola death “unlinked to any chain of transmission” risks reversing major gains against the epidemic, which is now down to just a handful of cases.
Surveillance and rapid detection of an Ebola case are vital tools in the race to end the current Ebola outbreak.To provide quicker lab analysis needed for quick detection, heath officials expanded on an approach started dueing a previous outbreak but with only a single mobile laboratory. This time, multiple “mobile” laboratories that operate as extensions of the National Institute of Biomedical Research have been set up in field locations because closer proximity to outbreak hot spots speeds up the confirmation of a case.
Security measures for staff helping to fight health emergencies need to be stepped up urgently, a World Health Organization(WHO) agency official has said.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo will begin using a second Ebola vaccine as early as next week as part of a clinical trial.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to pose an international emergency as the deadly virus emerges in a remote gold mining area.
Starting in November, doctors will use, a new Ebola virus vaccine that is better suited for broad-based prophylaxis than the existing vaccine currently being used to combat the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The World Health Organization (WHO) executive director of health emergencies, said Thursday, October 10, that the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been "squeezed into a small geographical area.
A World Health Organization (WHO) report stated Ebola infections are shifting from densely populated urban areas toward sparsely populated rural areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The outbreak just had its 1,000th survivor.