Disease Outbreak Update: Ebola in the DRC

19 Aug 2019

By ProMED


Burundi launches ebola vaccination campaign for health and front-line workers, WHO Regional Office for Africa

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Ebola

Location

North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri provinces, Democratic Republic of Congo

Outbreak Update

WHO Disease Outbreak News (15 Aug 2019)

The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continued this week with similar transmission intensity to recent weeks, with an average of 81 cases per week (range, 68-91 cases per week) in the past 6 weeks. There are currently no confirmed cases of EVD outside of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This week, initial data from a randomized clinical trial (RCT) of EVD therapeutics were announced. The data showed that 2 of the 4 treatments trialled were more effective in treating EVD. As a result, patients in the 4 Ebola treatment centres that participated in the RCT will now be randomized to receive the 2 better performing treatments. Patients in treatment centres not participating in the RCT will continue to be able to access those treatments under a compassionate use protocol. This change will help ensure that every treatment centre patient receives the best possible treatment with the greatest chance of survival, based on the most recent evidence.

As of 13 Aug 2019, a total of 2842 EVD cases were reported, including 2748 confirmed and 94 probable cases, of which 1905 cases died (overall case fatality ratio, 67%). Of the total confirmed and probable cases, 57% (1608) were female, and 29% (815) were children aged less than 18 years.

See further information on the Ebola disease outbreak in the WHO Disease Outbreak News (15 Aug 2019)

The year-long Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has spread to a new province, with 2 cases – one of them fatal — confirmed in South Kivu. See Guardian news story.

UNICEF and partners have registered 1380 orphans, meaning children who have lost one or both parents to Ebola, since the start of the outbreak just over a year ago. In this same period, 2469 children have been separated from their parents or caregivers — either left alone while adults undergo screening and treatment, or isolated because they’ve been in contact with someone infected. See UNICEF press release

On 13 Aug 2019, the Burundi Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control kicked off the vaccination campaign for front-line staff against the Ebola virus disease. The campaign started at the Gatumba entry point at the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. See WHO African Region news story

 

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