Security measures for staff helping to fight health emergencies need to be stepped up urgently, a World Health Organization(WHO) agency official has said.
Identifying and vaccinating Ebola patient contacts is crucial to protect people at risk and poses one of the major challenges in containing the outbreak.
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.
Individuals who test negative take up bed space and other medical resources. More accurate forecasts of Ebola-negative cases along with streamlined testing procedures increases the efficiency of treatment facilities.
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.
Over the last 12 months, more than 2,000 Ebola patients have died in eastern Congo, a country that has experienced 10 Ebola outbreaks since 1976.
Aid workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Goma city are warning that Ebola may spread because of limited clean water.
On August 221, 2019 the World Health Organization (WHO) stated the third case of Ebola was identified in South Kivu province. The individual was a patient who contracted the virus at a health center where other Ebola patients had been treated.
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.
The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is ravaging the city of Beni in large part because many sick people are staying home where they unknowingly infect caregivers and those who mourn them.