The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was forced to withdraw its Ebola experts from an outbreak zone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) amid heightened security concerns. The Ebola experts — among the most experienced on the planet — have been told by the State Department that they cannot travel to eastern DRC to help with the on-the-ground response.
High stakes drama is playing out almost daily as health workers and safe burial teams seek to win over communities who are deeply mistrustful of their intentions.
Participants focused on important areas to improve public health resilience to high-consequence infectious disease events, including governance and leadership, communication and public trust, quarantine and the law, monitoring programs, environmental decontamination, and waste management.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said September 25, that an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo could worsen rapidly because of attacks by armed groups, community resistance, and the geographic spread of the disease.
A Stanford University team working on the regulation of body temperature have created a cooling system that could double the amount of time workers can spend wearing protective suits.
An infectious disease physician at Boston Medical Center, discusses lessons that the global health community must learn from Ebola virus outbreaks.
As of September 11, around 29 people had been treated with new therapies, 14 of whom had recovered and been discharged, eight have died, and seven are still on treatment.
The outbreak area is in infested with about 40 armed militias, most of which have been hiding in the forests since the end of a war in 2003 that claimed the lives of between one and five million people.
The document covers: introduction on contact tracing in the Ebola response; general considerations for contact tracing; case definition; planning and preparation; personnel; implementation, and tools for contact tracing.
This document provides recommendations on case definition of: routine surveillance; community-based surveillance; contacts persons of Ebola or Marburg cases; and case definitions used by the surveillance.