Tuesday September 17, 2019

Ebola Epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo Reaches another Grim Milestone

More than one year after the epidemic was declared, the WHO confirmed 3,004 cases, including 2,006 deaths

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FILE PHOTO: A health worker wearing Ebola protection gear, prepares to enter the Biosecure Emergency Care Unit at the Alliance for International Medical Action ebola treatment center in Beni, DRC, March 30, 2019. VOA

The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached another grim milestone, the World Health Organization says. More than one year after the epidemic was declared, the WHO confirmed 3,004 cases, including 2,006 deaths.

That is the second worst Ebola outbreak after the 2014 West African epidemic, which infected more than 28,000 people and killed more than 11,000.

Most Ebola cases in the current epidemic are in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s conflict-ridden North Kivu province. WHO says Ebola transmission has been substantial, but somewhat less intense for the past 10 weeks. On average, it says 80 people a week are being sickened by the virus.

Unlike previous outbreaks, health workers have new tools to help them tackle the deadly disease. WHO says more than 200,000 people in the DRC and in four neighboring countries have been vaccinated against Ebola, and two therapeutic treatments are saving the lives of people who seek early treatment.

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The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached another grim milestone, the World Health Organization says. Pixabay

More than 89 million people have been screened for the disease inside the DRC and at international borders, according to WHO, which has helped control the spread of the disease by identifying and providing care to anyone with symptoms.

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However, WHO added, ongoing insecurity in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, as well as community mistrust, continue to be major impediments to international efforts to bring the epidemic to an end. (VOA)

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Congo: Ebola Deaths in East of Sprawling African Nation Nearing 2,000 and Cases of Virus Exceeds 3,000

The committee released the latest numbers Friday after a discussion in Goma by the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church about efforts

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FILE - A health worker wearing a protective suit enters an isolation pod to treat an Ebola patient at a treatment center in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo, July 13, 2019. VOA

Congo’s National Ebola Response Committee says confirmed Ebola deaths in the east of the sprawling African nation are nearing 2,000 and confirmed cases of the virus have exceeded 3,000. Congo.

The committee released the latest numbers Friday after a discussion in Goma by the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church about efforts to help stem the spread of Ebola in communities. A mistrust of health workers and widespread security issues still threaten the fight against the second deadliest outbreak of Ebola in history in a region where armed groups have fought for decades over the mineral-rich land.

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Congo’s National Ebola Response Committee says confirmed Ebola deaths in the east of the sprawling African nation are nearing 2,000 and confirmed cases of the virus. Pixabay

The committee reported 3,002 confirmed Ebola cases with 1,974 deaths.

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The World Health Organization said Friday they recorded the lowest weekly incidence of Ebola since March 2019 with 40 new cases, but said it was unclear if this positive trend would continue. (VOA)