Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola Outbreak in Conflict Zone 'Remains Dangerous' - UN Chiefs

[Africa Renewal] While new measures to tackle the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are working, the epidemic remains dangerous and unpredictable, the United Nations said on Thursday.
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The outbreak in the DRC is the second largest in history, behind only the 2014 epidemic that decimated West Africa over two years, infecting 28,000 and killing more than 11,300.
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[The Conversation Africa] The Democratic Republic of Congo is battling an Ebola outbreak. As is the case with any disease caused by pathogenic viruses - like Zika or influenza - Ebola spreads dangerously and unpredictably. This makes tracking the movement of viruses around the world a major challenge.
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Publication date: Available online 10 January 2019Source: EpidemicsAuthor(s): Sang Woo Park, David Champredon, Joshua S. Weitz, Jonathan DushoffAbstractInfectious-disease outbreaks are often characterized by the reproduction number R and exponential rate of growth r. R provides information about outbreak control and predicted final size, but estimating R is difficult, while r can often be estimated directly from incidence data. These quantities are linked by the generation interval – the time between when an individual is infected by an infector, and when that infector was infected. It is often infeasible to obtain t...
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[The Conversation Africa] Nearly this time exactly two years ago I wrote about the latest positive results showing - for the first time - that a vaccine against one of the world's scariest viruses, Ebola, could work. I was writing after the epidemic that hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from 2013 until 2016. Since then, there have been three more outbreaks of the disease: all in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
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Abstract Nearly 1 million people become infected every day with any of the four major curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs), namely trichomoniasis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Despite huge global incidence, STIs remain as neglected diseases. The success of antiretrovirals for halting progression to AIDS in HIV-infected individuals and for stopping HIV transmission to uninfected contacts, either as pre- or post-exposure -prophylaxis, has to lead to increased risky sexual behaviors through risk compensation. Recent epidemics and outbreaks of STIs among men having sex with men reflect the global loss...
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Some 2,000 healthcare and frontline workers in South Sudan are to be offered Ebola vaccines to try to stop any importation of the viral disease from an epidemic in Congo, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
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The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight.
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[VOA] The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the throes of its worst-ever Ebola outbreak, with more than 420 cases in the country's volatile east, and a mortality rate of just under 60 percent. But this outbreak -- the nation's tenth known Ebola epidemic -- is unusual because more than 60 percent of patients are women.
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rachuk There is an increasing frequency of reports regarding the persistence of the Ebola virus (EBOV) in Ebola virus disease (EVD) survivors. During the 2014–2016 West African EVD epidemic, sporadic transmission events resulted in the initiation of new chains of human-to-human transmission. Multiple reports strongly suggest that these re-emergences were linked to persistent EBOV infections and included sexual transmission from EVD survivors. Asymptomatic infection and long-term viral persistence in EVD survivors could result in incidental introductions of the Ebola virus in new geographic regions and raise i...
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