Some weeks ago, as cases started erupting around two towns, Katwa and Butembo, the investigators found that patient after patient had something else in common: They had all recently visited a health clinic for treatment for some other disease.
Attackers set fire to an Ebola treatment centre run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo late on Sunday, February 24, forcing staff to evacuate patients, the charity said.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) health ministry reported a new Ebola case in Beni, coming just two days after the former outbreak epicenter had reached the hopeful mark of going a full 21-day incubation period without new illness.
When the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in the country’s Équateur Province on 8 May 2018, national and international offers for support and assistance came pouring in. Managing all these partners becomes a challenge in itself. WHO has increasingly been using one tool to streamline the response: a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC).
Seven deaths were recorded over the last three days, including three community deaths in Katwa, Butembo, and Vuhovi. Community deaths, which occur outside of a hospital or Ebola treatment center, raise the risk of Ebola transmission.
According to Dr. Maza, interim coordinator of the Ebola response in the city of Beni in North Kivu province, new confirmed cases of Ebola in the city are becoming rare.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has teamed up with the U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to collect, analyze and implement new strategies in "real time" to tackle the major concerns of people faced with the disease.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has suspended work in an area of Democratic Republic of Congo close to where authorities are fighting an outbreak of Ebola, after two local staff members were abducted by gunmen.
The baby adds to a case total of 829, including 768 confirmed cases and 61 probable. Another 201 suspected cases are under investigation in what is now the second-largest Ebola outbreak in global history.
The crisis is showing no signs of slowing down; as the number of new cases spiked last month, jumping from 20 to 40 reported infections per week.