Disease Outbreak Update: 1000th Ebola survivor returns home in DRC

07 Oct 2019

By ProMED


Aerial view of OÔcha, north Kivu region, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: World Bank / Vincent Tremeau

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Ebola

Location

North Kivu and Ituri provinces, DRC

Outbreak Update

WHO AFRO Ebola Dashboard, 2 October 2019

3201 cases (including 3 new confirmed cases), of which 3087 confirmed

114 probable cases, 427 suspected cases

88 cases in last 21 days

995 survivors

2137 deaths

2K contacts being followed out of 8.2K identified

When Kavira, the 1000th Ebola survivor, left the Ebola Treatment Center, United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres handed Kavira her Ebola survivor certificate in early September [2019]. “I never thought I would make it at 1st, but now that I am cured, I want to go back to my community and tell them to seek treatment early if they are affected, because you can actually survive,” said Kavira.

“Every survivor gives us reason and motivation to continue to enhance our fight against Ebola, but every survivor is also a reminder that there are lives we were not able to save,” David Gressly, emergency Ebola response coordinator, said. “We have to continue gaining access through improved security for health workers and populations alike, along with continuous efforts to engage communities to be empowered with the response. We cannot win the battle against this outbreak without the full support of the Congolese people.

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MERS

Location

Saudi Arabia

Outbreak Update

Saudi Ministry of Health, 28-5 October 2019

During the period since the last update (27 September) there have been a total of 3 newly

confirmed cases of MERS-CoV plus 4 outcome reports (3

recoveries and 1 fatality).

Information on newly confirmed cases (3):

[1]
Date of confirmation report: 30 Sep 2019
Case no.: 19-1952
MERS in Hufoof city: 39-year-old male in Hufoof city, Al Hassa [Ash Sharqiyah, Eastern] region
Contact with camels: Yes
Case classification: Primary
Date of outcome report: 4 Oct 2019
Outcome: Recovered

[2]
Date of confirmation report: 2 Oct 2019
Case no.: 19-1953
MERS from Abha city: a 33-year-old male from Abha city, Aseer region
Contact with camels: Unknown
Case classification: Primary
Current status: Active

[3]
Date of confirmation report: 5 Oct 2019
Case no.: 19-1954
MERS from Wadi Aldwasir city: a 70-year-old male from Wadi Aldwasir city, Riyadh region
Contact with camels: Unknown
Case classification: Primary
Current status: Active

Information on outcome reports (4)
Fatality (1)
Case no.: 19-1950. Date of confirmation report: 25 Sep 2019. A 74-year-old male from Unaizah, Al Qasim region. Classified as a primary case with unknown history of camel contact. Date of outcome report: 28 Sep 2019. Outcome: died.

Recovery (3)
[1]
Case no.: 19-1949. Date of confirmation report: 19 Sep 2019. A 39-year-old male from Buraidah, Al Qaṣim region. Classified as a primary case with unknown history of camel contact. Date of outcome report: 28 Sep 2019. Outcome: recovered.

[2]
Case no.: 19-1951. Date of confirmation report: 27 Sep 2019. A 41-year-old male from Afeef, Riyadh region. Classified as a primary case with unknown history of camel contact. Date of outcome report: 4 Oct 2019. Outcome: recovered.

[3]
Case no.: 19-1952. [See newly confirmed case [1] above.]

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