The Ebola outbreak zone is also a war zone, which makes fighting this disease an increasingly difficult battle.
Doctors Without Borders stopped Ebola prevention operations and other services in a town in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to the presence of armed government forces inside several health facilities in Biakato.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported 15 new Ebola cases in the last week, bringing the outbreak total to 3,371 cases.
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To ensure continued care, the World Health Organization (WHO) has mounted a limited daily helicopter “air bridge” vaccination operation to the communities at risk of violence.
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.