Congo's Ebola outbreak to last at least six more months: WHO
The Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has already killed more than 200 people, is expected to last until mid-2019, the World Health Organization's emergency response chief Peter Salama told reporters on Tuesday.
[VOA] The Democratic Republic of Congo's health minister resigned Monday after he was dismissed as head of the team tackling a persistent Ebola outbreak. Last week, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak in eastern Congo to be an international health emergency.
[The Conversation Africa] Despite over a year of containment efforts, the World Health Organisation recently declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The declaration reflects the grim recognition that insecurity is preventing an effective response.
Congo's health minister resigned on Monday after being stripped of responsibility for managing the country's Ebola outbreak, potentially paving the way for the introduction of a second vaccine to contain the spreading epidemic.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the second-worst outbreak in history is spreading quickly. Doctors of the World is concerned about the spread of Ebola that is affecting a growing number of areas in DRC. Our team is working in Butembo and Katwa, in North Kivu, the main centres of contagion. The most recent data from the Ministry of Health shows the escalation of Ebola cases in DRC. 2,484 cases of Ebola have been confirmed, and 1,698 people have died due to the outbreak. The numbers are likely to be higher as cases aren’t been referred due to mistrust in the system and fear of being stigmatised. The geogra...
Move followed government’s decision to centralise response to epidemic
Congo's health minister, Oly Ilunga, has resigned in protest over the presidency's announcement last week that it was stripping his team of control over the response to the Ebola outbreak.
Congo's Health Minister Oly Ilunga resigned from his post Monday to protest the president's decision to take over management of the response to the Ebola outbreak
[The Conversation Africa] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. It took the decision based on International Health Regulations agreed in 2005. These require the WHO to declare an emergency when a public health event, such as an outbreak, becomes extraordinary because it constitutes a risk to other countries, and when a coordinated international response is required.
by Brien K. Haun, Varney Kamara, Abigail S. Dweh, Kianalei Garalde-Machida, Saymajunkon S. E. Forkay, Melissa Takaaze, Madhuri Namekar, Teri Ann S. Wong, Ayesha E. R. Bell-Gam Woto, Peter Humphreys, Ophelia I. Weeks, Mosoka P. Fallah, John M. Berestecky, Vivek R. Nerurkar, Axel T. Lehrer Filoviruses such as Ebola virus (EBOV) cause outbreaks of viral hemorrhagic fevers for which no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs are available. The 2014–2016 EBOV outbreak in West Africa infected approximately 30,000 people, killing more than 11,000 and affecting thousands more in areas still suff ering from the effects of civil wars....
[RFI] Uganda has fast-tracked testing of Ebola vaccines, as the WHO declared the outbreak in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo a "public health emergency of international concern", a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.