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.
This resource provides a list of technical information resources available from the World Health Organization on responding to an Ebola virus outbreak.
The new outbreak is centered in a heavily populated stretch of Congo’s eastern border with Uganda — an area that is also the epicenter of decades-long clashes between dozens of militias that have forced millions into refugee camps.
Local health officials first suspected the emergence of Ebola after a 65-year-old woman with classic symptoms of the disease, died, and was buried in an unsafe manner, which led to the infection and death of seven of her relatives.
The rare occurrence of back-to-back Ebola outbreaks underscores the growing danger that infectious diseases pose to humanity.
From vaccines to apps, myth-busting to health training, officials are looking at myriad options to better prepare the nation for what many fear is its inevitable future.
For nine nations adjoining the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) has assessed that the threat of a dangerous Ebola spread is high at the regional level.