Identifying and vaccinating Ebola patient contacts is crucial to protect people at risk and poses one of the major challenges in containing the outbreak.
The second worst Ebola outbreak in history is “on the retreat” the UN’s health agency chief said on Wednesday, September 25, but cautioned that there is no room for complacency, with dozens of new cases each week still being recorded in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
On September 10, 2019, through its regular event-based surveillance process, WHO received unofficial reports regarding the death of a person with suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania. On September 11, 2019, through its regular event-based surveillance process, WHO was made aware of unofficial reports that a RT-PCR test performed at the Tanzanian National Health Laboratory was positive for EVD for this patient.
Individuals who test negative take up bed space and other medical resources. More accurate forecasts of Ebola-negative cases along with streamlined testing procedures increases the efficiency of treatment facilities.
The US is committed to fighting Ebola in Africa, according to health officials, but the scope of the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is unclear.
Since Ebola was identified in Chowe in the Democratic Republic of Cono, 35 World Health Organization (WHO) staff are working in Chowe alongside Medecins Sans Frontieres, UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure that every person at risk is identified, followed up, and that everyone is being vaccinated.
Aid workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Goma city are warning that Ebola may spread because of limited clean water.
On August 221, 2019 the World Health Organization (WHO) stated the third case of Ebola was identified in South Kivu province. The individual was a patient who contracted the virus at a health center where other Ebola patients had been treated.
A fourth case of Ebola has been detected in the city of Goma. Healthcare workers in the city are working quickly to contain the spread of the virus throughout Goma.
The source of the second confirmed Ebola case in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo is still unknown. All of those in contact with the patient before he died are now receiving experimental, but effective vaccines.