WHO Signals Alarm Over Possible Unreported Ebola Cases in Tanzania

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.

Ebola came quietly to the village of Chowe but WHO's response was rapid

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.

Modern science has delivered the world powerful tools to defeat Ebola. It is not enough

This article acknowledges the importance of recent Ebola therapeutics and vaccine breakthroughs but also highlights the importance of infection control, community engagement, and disease surveillance as deciding factors in combating the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.