DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - Aug 2018Ongoing
The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced on 01 Aug 2018 that preliminary laboratory results indicate a cluster of cases of Ebola virus in North Kivu province. The announcement was issued little more than a week after the Ministry of Health declared the end of an outbreak in Equateur Province in the far western part of the country, some 2500 km from North Kivu. “This new cluster is occurring in an environment which is very different from where we were operating in the northwest,” said Dr Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response. (WHO, 01 Aug 2018)
The DRC Red Cross has a strong in-country capacity to respond to Ebola, with 60,000 volunteers across the country. Red Cross teams in DRC played a significant role in containing the recent Ebola outbreak in Equateur Province, as well as all the previous ones since the disease was first identified in 1976. IFRC is ready to provide technical and financial support to local Red Cross response efforts on the ground. This could include redeploying personnel involved in the Ebola response in Equateur Province, as well as the deployment of new experts if necessary. (IFRC, 02 Aug 2018)
As of 3 August 2018, a total of 43 Ebola virus disease cases (13 confirmed and 30 probable), including 33 deaths, have been reported. An additional 33 suspected cases are currently pending laboratory testing to confirm or exclude Ebola virus disease. Three healthcare workers have been affected, of whom two have died. (WHO, 04 Aug 2018)
The Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo today [8 August] announced the launch of Ebola vaccinations for high risk populations in North Kivu province. The vaccinations have begun just one week after the announcement of a second outbreak of Ebola this year in the country. A total of 44 cases have been reported so far, of which 17 have been confirmed. Work has begun to prepare ring vaccination in the Mangina health area, 30km from the town of Beni. (WHO, 8 Aug 2018)
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This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 60 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Typhoid fever in Zimbabwe
Measles in Chad
Cholera in Niger
Humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Entebbe, Uganda. Two more Air Serv flights have departed Entebbe for Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, providing support for response efforts to the recent Ebola outbreak. Bunia is located northeast of Mangina, initial site of the outbreak. Two Cessna Caravans departed the Air Serv hangar in Uganda on August 18, carrying two tons worth of medical supplies and cargo. The planes and crew spent approximately two hours offloading the critically needed cargo before refueling and returning to Entebbe.
10 August, UNICEF’s Deputy Representative participated in a high-level mission to Beni and Mangina that included the Minister of Health, WHO Director General and the WHO Regional Director to assess the situation and current response. During the visit, Ebola ring vaccination was launched in Beni Health zone of North Kivu province
11 August, The Joint Response plan of the Government, WHO, UNICEF and partners costed at USD 43.8 million was approved and released. UNICEF response plan is harmonized with the joint response plan
Mangina (North Kivu), 17 August 2018 - "I was under a lot of stress and experienced insomnia mixed with nightmare all night," says Sister Darlène Mwasi, a registered nurse at the Mangina referral health centre, which is more than 30 kilometres southwest of the town of Beni in North Kivu.
As soon as the official confirmation on 1 August 2018, that the deadly Ebola virus had indeed arrived in Mangina, "I had tears in my eyes; it was a shock I had never experienced before," added the nurse.
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WASHINGTON — With the Democratic Republic of Congo facing its second major Ebola outbreak this year, emergency responders have worked to contain the spread of the disease. Scientists, meanwhile, are testing the effectiveness of experimental vaccines in the field.
Alongside these efforts, researchers in the DRC are collecting data that will improve how we respond to, and prevent, future outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases.
At least 44 people have died in Congo's tenth Ebola outbreak since the deadly virus was discovered in the 1970s
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DAKAR, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A deadly Ebola outbreak in a conflict-hit area of the Democratic Republic of Congo poses an "unprecedented" challenge to health workers trying to access victims and contain the disease, medical charities said on Friday.
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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (August 17, 2018) – In response to the Ebola outbreak in conflict-hit DRC, which has already claimed at least 41 lives, Save the Children is urgently deploying its Emergency Health Unit and in country team to the area. They will help trace the contacts of confirmed cases and identify people who may have the disease, before referring them to Ebola treatment centers.
KINSHASA, NEW YORK, DAKAR, GENEVA 17 August 2018 – Children represent an unusually high proportion of people affected by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF said today.
Two children have already died from the disease. The Ebola treatment centres in Beni and Mangina are currently treating six children that are infected by the disease or suspected to be. UNICEF has identified 53 orphaned children who have lost their parents to Ebola.
On 1 August 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the town of Mangina, Mabalako Health Zone, North Kivu Province. Confirmed cases have since between reported from Beni and Mandima health zones, Ituri Province; however, all confirmed exposures and transmission events to date have been linked back to the outbreak epi-centre, Mangina.
Mangina (Nord Kivu), 17 AOÛT 2018 - ‘‘J’avais un immense stress. Puis de l’insomnie mêlée au cauchemar toute la nuit,’’ raconte la sœur Darlène Mwasi, infirmière titulaire du centre de santé de référence de Mangina, à plus de 30 kilomètres au sud-ouest de la ville de Beni, dans le Nord Kivu. Dès la confirmation officielle le 1er août 2018 du fait que le virus mortel d’Ebola était bel et bien arrivé à Mangina, puis dans le centre de santé de référence du même nom, ‘‘j’avais eu des larmes aux yeux ; c’était pour moi un choc jamais vécu auparavant,’’ ajoute la religieuse.
KINSHASA/NEW YORK/DAKAR/GENEVE, 17 août 2018 – Les enfants représentent une proportion élevée des personnes touchées par l’épidémie d’Ebola en cours dans l’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), a déclaré aujourd’hui l’UNICEF.
Deux enfants sont déjà décédés de la maladie. Les centres de traitement Ebola à Beni et Mangina prennent actuellement en charge six enfants infectés par la maladie ou suspectés de l’être. L’UNICEF a identifié à ce jour 53 enfants orphelins d’Ebola.
Suite à la notification, le 1er août 2018, d’une nouvelle flambée de maladie à virus Ebola dans la province du Nord-Kivu, en République démocratique du Congo, l’OMS a réalisé une évaluation formelle rapide des risques qui a démontré que le risque pour la santé publique est élevé au niveau régional. Cette évaluation tenait compte du fait qu’avec huit millions d’habitants, le Nord-Kivu est l’une des provinces les plus peuplées du pays. Le Nord-Kivu est limitrophe de quatre autres provinces (Ituri, Sud-Kivu, Maniema and Tshopo) ainsi que de l’Ouganda et du Rwanda.
Le vaste réseau de volontaires de la Croix-Rouge du Burundi est mis à contribution dans la mise en œuvre du plan de contingence contre la maladie à virus d’Ebola. Ainsi,les volontaires de la Branche de Kayanza ont procédé, le 11 août 2018, à l’installation des tentes à la frontière burundo-rwandaise.
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Entebbe, Uganda. This week, Air Serv deployed an aircraft on its first mission responding to the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to the World Health Organization, 41 people had died from the outbreak as of August 13. There have been 57 cases of hemorrhagic fever reported, with 30 confirmed and 27 probable.
Since 1976, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has faced 9 epidemics of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the latest of which occurred in May 2018. All these epidemics have been characterized by high infectiousness, high mortality, and serious degradation of the socioeconomic situation of the population.