The Department of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has registered 28 new Ebola cases over the weekend and is likely to confirm another 20 new cases today. With nearly 50 cases in three days, the outbreak following the discovery of cases in neighboring Uganda last week is in full swing again.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola Dashboard, the outbreak now stands at 2,168 cases
In addition to the newly confirmed cases, there were 19 deaths over the weekend, including 8 in the community.
A total of 1,440 people died in this eruption, which began last August in northern Kivu and Ituri provinces. Another 31
The new cases are from well-known trouble spots, including 11 in Mabalako, 4 in Katwa and Mandima, 3 in Kalunguta, 2 in Butembo and one each in Lubero, Beni, Rwampara and Musienene.
The ring vaccination begins in Uganda.
The Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed at the end of last week that the 3-year-old brother of Uganda's Index Case – a 5-year-old boy who had traveled to Uganda from the Democratic Republic of the Congo with his family – was on his arrival in Ebola Treatment center in Beni died of Ebola.
At the time, Uganda had extradited all members of the boys' family, some of them Congolese and some Ugandan, to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The family crossed the border between the two countries to attend the funeral of the boy's grandfather, who died of Ebola in Mabalako.
Uganda's Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng, MD, tweeted this ring on the weekend. In the district of Kasese, Uganda, a vaccination had started, involving 43 case contacts. Unvaccinated Frontline Health employees and other workers were also vaccinated.
Today, the Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is in Uganda to talk to the Ministry of Health about the Ebola reaction. At the weekend, Tedros visited Ebola treatment centers and vaccination centers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
His visits followed a decision by the WHO Emergency Committee last week to await the recommendation of an International Health Emergency (PHEIC) third time. WHO experts, including Tedros, said the decision had been taken because the overall risk of international spread was low and a PHEIC expulsion could further harm the Democratic Republic of the Congo's economy. Healthcare professionals, including one in Rwampara and one in Musienene, Ebola was newly diagnosed. Both workers had been vaccinated against Merck's VSV-EBOV, the unlicensed Ebola vaccine currently used in the region.
Musienene, a health care worker, died in the community. The two new cases increase the total number of health workers infected during the outbreak to 118, including 39 deaths. Health workers make up 5.5% of all cases diagnosed since last August.
By yesterday, a total of 135,395 people had been vaccinated in the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighboring countries with Merck's vaccine.
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