Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

No new cases have been reported in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 17 February 2020 (Figure 1).
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By Carol Bales , Advocacy and policy communications manager, IntraHealth International ; Casey Bishopp, Communications officer, IntraHealth InternationalMay 22, 2020Here in North Carolina, we all know someone who works in health care. Maybe there’s a nurse in your family, a physician, a data clerk, a pharmacist.These“frontline health workers” are in the spotlight right now as they face unprecedented dangers during every shift they work.Frontline health workers are literally putting themselves on the line—at great personal risk—to respond to COVID-19, stop its spread, and save their patient...
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Between December 2013 and June 2016, West Africa experienced the largest outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in history, with at least 28,646 cases and 11,323 deaths.(WHO, 2019) Prior to this outbreak, the small number (2,345) of cumulative cases of EVD meant that relatively little was known about the clinical course of EVD,(CDC, 2019) especially in pregnant women. Few reports describe the clinical outcomes in pregnant women infected with EVD, and their newborns.(Piot et al., 1978; World Health and Organization, 1978; Bwaka et al., 1999; Mupapa et al., 1999; Caluwaerts et al., 2016; Baize et al., 2014; Caluwaerts, 2017; ...
Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post Why More Must be Done to Fight Bogus COVID-19 Cure Claims appeared first on Inter Press Service.
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This study showed that a five-day regimen is as effective as 10 days–that’s important, doctors say, since it could mean shorter stays in the hospital, which could alleviate some of the burden on the health care system. “Of course we will have to wait for the final review of all the data, but it would be very nice to have an anti-viral that’s efficacious in this terrible illness,” says Dr. Aruna Subramanian, a clinical professor of medicine at Stanford and an investigator on the study. “At least we know that we can help patients with this, and that’s really the bottom line.” T...
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From 13 to 19 May 2020, no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Conclusion/SignificanceThe first months of the outbreak were marked by passive agenda-setting roles of Sierra Leonean journalists. It took several months before the outbreak became a core issue in local media. In health emergencies, efforts should be made to partner with local media to use their platforms for local, trusted journalists and leaders to disseminate public health messages. Whereas this might hamper journalists ’ credibility and can be challenging in areas with problematic press freedom, Sierra Leonean journalists experienced the outbreak as a driver of necessary change in their profession.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
This study employs an integrative review approach to summarize the minimal evidence on effectiveness of travel bans to decrease the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS), Ebola virus disease (EVD), and Zika virus disease (ZVD). We describe and qualify the evidence presented in six modeling studies that assess the effectiveness of travel bans in controlling these noninfluenza EID events. We conclude that there is an urgent need for additional research to inform policy decisions on the use of travel bans and other control measures to control noninfluenza EIDs in advanc...
Source: American Journal of Disaster Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Am J Disaster Med Source Type: research
Patients lie motionless in a hospital ICU ward, as doctors hurry around their beds. The patients’ faces are concealed by ventilators; the doctors’ by masks. The death rate is rising so quickly that doctors can no longer keep count. “The beds don’t even have time to cool before they are taken up by other patients,” says ICU nurse Cristina Pilati. Yet over the sound of stretchers rolling and monitors beeping, Pilati starts singing the lyrics of ‘Angel’ as she cares for a teenage boy in the ICU. ‘Spend all your time waiting, for that second chance,’ she sings. ‘For a...
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We describe systems that were put into place during the EVD response in the DRC that can be leveraged for the response to the current COVID-19 global pandemic. PMID: 32431285 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Tags: Am J Trop Med Hyg Source Type: research
Many of the people I support in Kinshasa have no money, no soap, no water – and when they are struggling to breathe, no ventilatorsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWe ’re used to emergencies and people dying in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, whether it’s a result of the long-runningconflict or Ebola, cholera and malaria. But coronavirus has knocked us for six, because it has affected people we are very close to.I ’ve been working in development for decades, but I have to admit I have shed tears these past few weeks.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Global development Democratic Republic of the Congo Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science World news Africa Source Type: news
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