Congolese doctor infected with Ebola in high insecurity zone


The Congolese health ministry said four additional experimental therapeutic molecules (ZMapp; Remdesivir; Favipiravir; and Regn3450 - 3471 - 3479). Of 59 reported deaths, 32 have been confirmed as Ebola, according to the health ministry.

Dr. Salama also said so far 14 health workers had been confirmed or probable cases, including one death, so part of the WHO work now is to ensure protection for the health workers, including vaccinating all of them in relevant health zones, as well as training and education in infection prevention control, provision of personal protective equipment, and disinfection of facilities.

Meanwhile, suspicious cases have continued to emerge in the areas of Mabalako and Oicha, in North Kivu province, OCHA said. Thirteen other health workers have also been listed as probable cases.

WHO's head of emergency operations, Dr. Peter Salama, issued a statement about the precarious situation.

It is the 10th outbreak to strike the DRC since 1976, when Ebola was first identified and named after a river in the north of the country.

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Ebola virus disease, a type of viral hemorrhagic fever, spreads through direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected people.

It causes serious illness including vomiting, diarrhoea and in some cases internal and external bleeding. It is often fatal, and there is no cure for the virus.

Congo, whose heavily forested interior makes its a natural home for Ebola, is at the forefront of a global campaign to combat the virus, which killed more than 11,000 people when it swept through West Africa from 2013-2016. The vaccine, which is referred to as both rVSV-ZEBOV and V920, have proved effective against the previous outbreak in the western province of Equateur.

Further, sexual and gender-based violence is rampant across the Beni territory while many children are being recruited as child soldiers. More than a million people have been internally displaced by fighting, while many others engage in cross-border economic activity.

Medical workers are seen disinfecting and performing medical checks inside the unconfirmed Ebola patients ward run by The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) on August 12, 2018, in Beni. Extra patients are anticipated to be given remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug, in the next 2 days.Sooner or later, Salama recounted the most important aspects of furious youths who burned down a health center in the village of Manbangu after they learned of a neighborhood loss of life from Ebola.