DRCongo – Ebola outbreak (Africa)

 

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared their tenth outbreak of Ebola in 40 years on 1 August 2018. The outbreak is centred in the northeast of the country. With the number of cases passing 2,500, it is now by far the country’s largest-ever Ebola outbreak. It is also the second-biggest Ebola epidemic ever recorded, behind the West Africa outbreak of 2014-2016.   During the first eight months of the epidemic, until March 2019, more than 1,000 cases of Ebola were reported in the affected region. However, between April and June 2019, this number has doubled, with a further 1,000 new cases reported in just these three months. Since early June, the number of new cases notified per week has remained high, averaging between 75 and 100 each week.

Map of Ebola projects in DR Congo


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12 AUGUST 2019

More than 1,800 people have died in the deadly Ebola outbreak declared last August in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern region. Now, local faith leaders in the central African country are taking the fight against the virus into churches and other religious institutions. VOA’s Austere Malivika reports from Goma.

https://www.voanews.com/episode/drc-religious-leaders-working-government-fight-ebola-3988476

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9 AUGUST 2019
Witnesses say fears of the Ebola virus have brought border traffic between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to a virtual standstill. Long lines and lengthy delays at the border crossings have left many traders frustrated. But officials say health checks are necessary to stop the spread of the deadly virus.  Eugene Uwimana was at the border and has the story.

https://www.voanews.com/episode/ebola-fears-slow-crossings-drc-rwanda-border-3975286

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Current situation

As of early July, 25 out of a total of 47 health zones across Ituri and North Kivu provinces have reported cases of Ebola. Of these 25, 22 are considered active transmission zones, meaning that they have notified new confirmed cases in the last 21 days (the maximum incubation period for Ebola).

Two new health zones, Ariwara and Goma, were recently added to the list. While the number of new cases is decreasing in former hotspots such as Butembo, Katwa and Mandima health zones, there has been an increase in new cases in Beni, and a steadily high incidence of cases in Mabalako health zone. The first case of Ebola in Goma, a city of 1 million people, was reported on 14 July.

WHO has since subsequently declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

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Contributing to this is the difficulty in identifying and following up contacts of people diagnosed with Ebola. Since the beginning of the epidemic, only around half of the new reported Ebola cases have been identified as contacts of previous confirmed cases before falling ill and seeking treatment, or dying without receiving proper treatment for Ebola.

On 11 June 2019, Uganda announced that three people had been positively diagnosed with Ebola, the first cross-border cases since the outbreak began.

On 14 July, the first case of Ebola was confirmed in Goma, the capital of North Kivu, and a city of one million people. The patient, who had travelled from Butembo to Goma, was admitted to the MSF-supported Ebola Treatment Centre in Goma. After confirmation of lab results, the Ministry of Health decided to transfer the patient to Butembo on 15 July, where the patient died the following day.

In reaction to the first case found in Goma, on 17 July 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the current Ebola outbreak in DR Congo represents a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

A person died at home after presenting symptoms of haemorrhagic fever. Family members of that person developed the same symptoms and also died.  A joint Ministry of Health/World Health Organization (WHO) investigation on site found six more suspect cases, of which four tested positive. This result led to the declaration of the outbreak.

The national laboratory (INRB) confirmed on 7 August that the current outbreak is of the Zaire Ebola virus, the most deadly strain and the same one that affected West Africa during the 2014-2016 outbreak. Zaire Ebola was also the virus found in the outbreak in Equateur province, in western DRC earlier in 2018, although a different strain than the one affecting the current outbreak.

First declared in Mangina, a small town of 40,000 people, the epicentre of the outbreak appeared to progressively move towards the south, first to the larger city of Beni, with approximately 400,000 people and the administrative centre of the region. As population movements are very common, the epidemic continued south to the bigger city of Butembo, a trading hub. Nearby Katwa became a new hotspot near the end of 2018 and cases had been found further south, in the Kanya area. Meanwhile, sporadic cases also appeared in the neighbouring Ituri province to the north.

https://www.msf.org/drc-ebola-outbreak-crisis-update

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The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest in history and efforts to beat the virus are on the brink of failure.   The virus has infected more than 2,000 and killed 1,367 people as of June 5 2019, according to the World Health Organization.   A volatile security situation and deep community mistrust have hampered efforts to control the epidemic in eastern Congo.

War within a war: The struggle to contain Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo | ITV News

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The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a global emergency – as the virus spread to a major city. More than 1,600 people have died over the past year in the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. Sky’s African correspondent John Sparks sent this report.

WHO declares Ebola outbreak in DR Congo ‘a global emergency’

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DRC
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest in history and efforts to beat the virus are on the brink of failure. The virus has infected more than 2,000 and killed 1,367 people as of June 5 2019, according to the World Health Organization. A volatile security situation and deep community mistrust have hampered efforts to control the epidemic in eastern Congo.

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Uganda

Three cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Uganda. The country is confident it can contain the virus using an Ebola vaccine, but experts fear that there could be more undetected cases. A leading biomedical research organization is callign the current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo “truly frightening”. The UK-based Wellcome Trust says the epidemic is the worst since 2016 and shows no signs of stopping. The World Health Organization is considering whether to declare the outbreak a global emergency. After the disease has spread to Uganda, two people hav died, including a five year old boy.

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Uganda

 

WHO says Ebola outbreak in DR Congo is not yet a global emergency

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NEW CASES AFTER 2014

Ebola has spread from the Democratic Republic of Congo to neighboring Uganda. A 5-year-old boy died from the virus after crossing the border into Uganda. His younger brother and grandmother are also infected. They are the first cases of Ebola in the country since the latest outbreak erupted in Congo last summer. CBS News correspondent Debora Patta joins CBSN to discuss the latest.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUuRhpTQ-OA

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