The Democratic Republic of Congo registered a one-day record of 27 new confirmed Ebola cases on Sunday, April 28, bringing the weekly number of cases to 126, the largest total since the current outbreak was declared in August 2018.
A delay of just one week in implementing Ebola vaccinecs can drastically reduce the efficacy of the vaccine in highly populated areas.
An epidemiological investigation concluded that the index case was infected through close contact with bush meat when a hunter brought back carcasses of a wild boar and a nonhuman primate to the village of the index case.
Health workers responding to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo threatened on Wednesday, April 24, to go on strike as early as next week if authorities don’t do more to protect them.
Uganda’s Ebola Virus Disease preparedness and response have capacity gaps that need urgent attention.
Health agencies blame the recent surge in Ebola virus transmission on continued lack of trust in communities and violent attacks on treatment centers which forced health workers to wind down some services.
The greatest challenge to stopping the Ebola outbreak in the DRC is armed groups who keep attacking health workers. In just the last few days, there were two assaults.
Responders trying to track the spread of the disease are finding fresh cases with no obvious connection to previous patients.
Between March 27 and April 16, 2019, 55 health areas within 11 health zones reported new cases of Ebola virus disease.
The 17 newly confirmed cases are from the current epicenters: Katwa, Butembo, and Mandima.