Ebola kills 198 in Democratic Republic of Congo

The latest outbreak is the tenth in DR Congo since Ebola was first detected there in 1976

The latest outbreak is the tenth in DR Congo since Ebola was first detected there in 1976

WHO added if malaria is reduced, health workers will be able to focus on real ebola patients and keep others away from the wards. Al Jazeera reported that "attacks by rebel groups and open hostility by some wary locals have posed serious challenges to health workers". Many new cases have been unrelated to known infections, alarming evidence that gaps in tracking remain.

The world's worst outbreak, which lasted from 2014 to 2016, killed more than 11,000 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

"A sad toll, with too many families losing loved ones", tweeted Peter Salama, WHO's emergencies director.

According to figures from the Congolese Ministry of Health, 47 of the 426 cases are "probable" however not confirmed, while an additional 75 cases are "suspected".

In the Journal of the American Medical Association, one group stated, as quoted in the report, that the USA government weeks ago ordered all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention personnel, considered "some of the world's most experienced outbreak experts", from Congo's outbreak zone because of security concerns. A separate one in the New England Journal of Medicine said: "Given the worsening of the outbreak, we believe it's essential that these security concerns be addressed and that CDC staff return to the field".

Malaria can normally be diagnosed with a rapid blood test, but the risk of Ebola transmission means health workers have to rely on an assessment of symptoms, he said. Many venture out on critical virus containment missions only accompanied by United Nations peacekeepers.

A WHO official talks to local women in DR Congo as part of the effort to fight Ebola
A WHO official talks to local women in DR Congo as part of the effort to fight Ebola

The WHO is warning health officials in adjacent countries that the North Kivu outbreak, which is taking place in a war zone, is likely to continue for months.

A world-first drug trial for Ebola has begun in the Democratic Republic of the Congo amid a killer outbreak.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) stated this in a statement released on Thursday, November 29, 2018. More than 37,000 people have been vaccinated for the disease in the outbreak zone since August 8, according to the health ministry's daily bulletin on Thursday.

The US sent thousands of responders to West Africa from the CDC and other parts of government, including the military.

Towns such as Beni, North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are battling the worst ebola outbreak in the nation's history while also fending off an eight-fold increase in malaria cases since a year ago.

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