Less than three months since an Ebola outbreak was declared, and after only about 50 cases, the outbreak’s efficient containment is a remarkable achievement that stands in stark contrast to the West African epidemic that spiraled into a two-year global crisis with over 28,000 cases.
As doctors prepare to stop issuing vaccinations, all the evidence suggests that quick thinking and better use of technology on the ground has helped avoid another Ebola epidemic.
The unprecedented case counts of the 2024 West African Ebola epidemic were largely due to the unprecedented migration into unprepared urban centers.
When Ebola flared up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, a wave of international public health workers had just left the country, where they had been deployed to combat cholera.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have managed to rapidly set up an effective surveillance system. When the team arrived, there were 153 contacts listed for following - two weeks later there were 400 contacts listed with 94 percent being regularly monitored.
Lessons learned from past Ebola epidemics are helping to combat a fresh outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Investing in new vaccines, diagnostic tests and laboratories is paying off as expert networks spring into action.
In Republic of Congo, more than 50 government officials, NGOs, and international aid organizations participated in a five-day training program last week to prepare ministries in the event of a cross-border Ebola outbreak.
With no discernible roads, only dense bush, tracking the movements of a patient, suspected to be a carrier of the deadly Ebola virus, through the dense forests of the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo is not easy.
By iteratively pairing short-term spread forecasts with an allocation plan that adapts to the changing predictions, the model allows aid workers to see, as the crisis evolves, where medical personnel, equipment and treatment supplies should be distributed to offer the best chances of cutting off the epidemic.
The phylogenetic tree of the 2013-2016 Ebola epidemic doesn't just show how the Ebola virus was able to evolve: it also reveals which events and preventive measures accelerated or slowed down its spread, opening up new perspectives for the containment of epidemics.