Since the current outbreak began in October, more than 1,000 people have died - the second largest death toll in the history of human Ebola infection. Over the past month, Ebola has spread faster and farther in the northeast provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo ministry of health recorded 19 new cases of Ebola and 15 new deaths Wednesday, May 15.
The international community has long dealt with delivering humanitarian assistance in conflict situations, but not with infectious disease in a conflict zone.
Declaring a public health emergency of international concern would bring increased funds and more responders but might increase the danger as some violence directed at healthcare facilities and workers has been motivated by money.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) outbreak total as Monday, May 13, is 1,705 cases, including 1,124 deaths, 251 suspected cases still under investigation.
Since February, attacks on healthcare workers and facilities have become more brazen, leading foreign medical workers to float ideas that would have once been unthinkable.
This report explores the lessons of an Ebola outbreak through the lens of the US and UN policymakers who were forced to construct an unprecedented response in real time.
The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that it may not be possible to contain Ebola to the two affected provinces in eastern Congo if violent attacks on health teams and centers aren’t stopped.
Health officials are seeking to stretch supplies with lower doses, and to expand the vaccination pool beyond known patient contacts.
The new recommendations include endorsing operational adjustments that make the vaccination process faster and adjusting the dosage based on available efficacy data. It was also recommended that the population eligible for vaccination be expanded.