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.
Many people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) don't know what Ebola is and some people are convinced the virus is fiction.
The Democratice Republic of Congo (DRC) is in the midst of the second-largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history. The response to this oubreak has been slowed by violence - during a five month period this year, there were 130 attacks on healthcare facilities.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering whether to declare the Ebola outbreak in central Africa a global health crisis after cases spread to Uganda from Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Level 3, the lowest level of activation, allows the CDC to provide increased operational support for the response to meet the outbreak’s evolving challenges.
Saila-Ngita, a veterinarian and global health expert based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), spoke with Tufts Now about the history of Ebola in the DRC and why the current outbreak seems to have such a grip on the country.
With over 700 volunteers the Red Cross has been collecting community feedback during the Democratic Republic of Congo's current Ebola outbreak.
The response to the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has had interim successes, but the risk of local and regional spread remains high due to a high proportion of outbreak deaths occurring outside treatment centers coupled with low proportions of new patients who were known contacts.