The phylogenetic tree of the 2013-2016 Ebola epidemic doesn't just show how the Ebola virus was able to evolve: it also reveals which events and preventive measures accelerated or slowed down its spread, opening up new perspectives for the containment of epidemics.
Even if the vaccine helps, there are serious hurdles. The shots must be transported deep into forests with few paved roads without it spoiling in the heat, and health workers must identify and track down anyone who's had contact with a sick person and persuade them that shots pushed by foreigners could save their lives.
One month into the response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the focus has moved from urban areas to some of the most remote places on earth.
A Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) water and sanitation expert, explains the challenges reponse teams are facing on the frontline of the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
China is making a bid to use its Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Two more people have died of Ebola in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing the toll to 27 in nearly a month.
Five experimental medicines are poised to undergo a real-life clinical trial against the Ebola virus at makeshift treatment centers in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As health care workers battle an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one important tool has been promising in preventing spread of the virus but can be difficult to carry out: contact tracing.
The vaccination targeted affected areas in the western Equateur province, including Mbandaka, where 567 people were vaccinated, Bikoro (269), and Iboko (276), said the DRC’s Public Health Ministry in a statement.
Medical investigators will need to overcome the rural region’s extreme logistical hurdles to reconstruct transmission chains, vaccinate contacts and halt the spread.