Congo ’s Ebola Outbreak Is Declared a Global Health Emergency

The World Health Organization issued the order as the ebola virus has infected more than 2,500 people and killed more than 1,660.
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Two new cases were confirmed in South Kivu, according to the Health Ministry.
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Researchers have developed and trialled drugs that can cure this deadly disease. The problem now is to deliver themThis week has seen a heartening triumph of medical science: Ebola is now curable, doctors say. The announcement is also a timely one. The outbreak in the war-ravaged territories of the north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, which began over a year ago, has defied the sustained efforts to halt it. Last month, with the death toll above 1,600 people, the World Health Organization declared it an emergency of international concern. The even deadlier West African epidemic of 2014 killed more than 11,000 peo...
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Drugs tested in the Democratic Republic of Congo are effective in treating Ebola, scientists say. They have run a study in the midst of a deadly epidemic and in the face of armed assaults on doctors.(Image credit: Jerome Delay/AP)
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The therapies saved roughly 90 percent of the patients who received them early in the course of infection. Doctors hope patients will seek out the cures, ending the outbreak.
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Congo results show good survival rates for patients treated quickly with antibodiesEbola can no longer be called an incurable disease, scientists have said, after two of four drugs being trialled in themajor outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were found to have significantly reduced the death rate.ZMapp, used during the massive Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, has been dropped along with Remdesivir after two monoclonal antibodies, which block the virus, had substantially more effect, said the World Health Organization and the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which w...
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This article, in addition to exploring patients' practices and related perceptions of treatment with evolving meanings in this outbreak crisis situation, also presents practical recommendations for future Ebola interventions as well as theoretical knowledge about the circulation and transformation of socially constructed representations of medications. PMID: 31385715 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Authors: Kasereka MC, Hawkes MT Abstract The current Ebola epidemic in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has surpassed 1 700 deaths. Social resistance, a major barrier to control efforts, invites exploration of community beliefs around Ebola and its origins. We conducted a mixed-methods study, using four focus group discussions (FGDs) involving 20 participants, and a 19-item survey questionnaire, administered to a nonprobability sample of 286 community members throughout the outbreak zone. FGDs and surveys were conducted between 4 and 17 August 2018. FGDs revealed a widespread rumor early in the epidemic o...
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[RFI] A malaria outbreak of "epidemic proportions" has killed some 1,800 people in Burundi in 2019, with a death toll on par with neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo's contagious Ebola, according to the latest report by OCHA, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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Publication date: Available online 23 July 2019Source: EpidemicsAuthor(s): J. Daniel Kelly, Junhyung Park, Ryan J. Harrigan, Nicole A. Hoff, Sarita D. Lee, Rae Wannier, Bernice Selo, Mathias Mossoko, Bathe Njoloko, Emile Okitolonda-Wemakoy, Placide Mbala-Kingebeni, George W. Rutherford, Thomas B. Smith, Steve Ahuka-Mundeke, Jean Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, Anne W. Rimoin, Frederic Paik SchoenbergAbstractAs of June 16, 2019, an Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has led to 2136 reported cases in the northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As this outbreak continues to threaten the lives and livelihood...
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ConclusionsOur projections are concentrated in a range up to about 300 cases beyond those already reported. While a catastrophic outbreak is not projected, it is not ruled out, and prevention and vigilance are warranted. Prospective validation of our models in real time allowed us to generate more accurate short-term forecasts, and this process may prove useful for future real-time short-term forecasting. We estimate that transmission rates are higher than would be seen under target levels of 62% coverage due to contact tracing and vaccination, and this model estimate may offer a surrogate indicator for the outbreak response challenges.
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