The international community has long dealt with delivering humanitarian assistance in conflict situations, but not with infectious disease in a conflict zone.
Declaring a public health emergency of international concern would bring increased funds and more responders but might increase the danger as some violence directed at healthcare facilities and workers has been motivated by money.
Double-digit daily increases in the case count are now common, while most new Ebola virus disease cases are people who were never on the radar of the teams searching for those who have been exposed to the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, discussed fighting the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo amid attacks on health workers.
A delay of just one week in implementing Ebola vaccinecs can drastically reduce the efficacy of the vaccine in highly populated areas.
Health workers responding to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo threatened on Wednesday, April 24, to go on strike as early as next week if authorities don’t do more to protect them.
Uganda’s Ebola Virus Disease preparedness and response have capacity gaps that need urgent attention.
Health agencies blame the recent surge in Ebola virus transmission on continued lack of trust in communities and violent attacks on treatment centers which forced health workers to wind down some services.
Responders trying to track the spread of the disease are finding fresh cases with no obvious connection to previous patients.
To prepare for the next EVD outbreak, we advocate the establishment of national and regional hubs of excellence in infectious diseases genomics in regions with a high risk of outbreaks, where untargeted metagenomic sequencing analysis would be done.