Previous Ebola epidemics have been major news while the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has not despite it being the second largest on record.
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued the Health Emergency declaration on Wednesday, July 17, as the Ebola virus has infected over 2,500 people, and killed more than 1,660 during the current outbreak.
A body bag has been designed to prevent further Ebola infections while also taking into account the social and cultural operating envrionment.
Infectious disease response decision-making can be hindered by both epidemiological and operational uncertainty. Epidemiological and operational uncertainties are rarely addressed concurrently in epidemic studies. Researchers describe an approach to simultaneously address both sources of uncertainty and determine which source most impedes decision-making.
An official with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) reported that four major donors have jump-started a new "strategic plan" for coordinating response efforts.
Societal instability and military conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has created an ideal environment for Ebola to spread. Healthcare and other aid workers have been attacked by militias, forcing medical groups to close down treatment units and curtail vaccination programs resulting in new infections.
The United Kingdom’s Public Health Rapid Support Team, composed of data experts, microbiologists and other disease trackers, can mobilize infectious disease specialists around the globe within 48 hours of being called.
The current Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has recorded over 2,100 cases in just over a year. Global health authorities have been unable to control the current outbreak due to political, security and cultural complications.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is stretched thin, having received donations for less than half of the money it has needed to fight the current Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola outbreak.
Public health practitioners say that social issues are as important as scientific advances in controlling disease outbreaks.