Ebola

Ebola remains PHEIC following new cases

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on April 14 that he would maintain the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). His announcement followed three new confirmed cases in the troubled region, where an outbreak that began in August 2018 has infected over 3,400 people and killed 2,242.

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Congolese doctors arrested for deadly hospital attack in DRC

Three Congolese doctors were arrested for planning an April attack at a hospital in Butembo, DRC that killed a senior WHO medic and epidemiologist involved in the Ebola response, Richard Mouzoko. In a letter to the mayor of Butembo, a group of local doctors said it was “indignant” over the arrests, adding that their absence would cripple vital medical services in the area.

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Two Ebola drugs 90 percent effective in DRC trial

A randomized, controlled trial of four investigational Ebola therapies found that 90 percent of people survived Ebola virus infection if they quickly received intravenous monoclonal antibodies REGN-EB3 or mAb114. The drugs were able to save 71 percent (REGN-EB3) and 66 percent (mAb114) of patients in all cases. An independent monitoring board recommended continuing with these two drugs, which will now be made available to anyone in DRC.

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WHO declares Ebola public health emergency; DRC health minister resigns

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on July 17. The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, its fourth since the outbreak was declared in August 2018. Recent developments in the DRC, including a confirmed case in Goma, prompted the declaration. Goma, which has a population of nearly 2 million, is the capital of North Kivu province and an important transit hub near the Rwandan border.

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Ebola still not a global public health emergency, says WHO

For the third time since October, WHO has declined to designate the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). According to a statement released on June 14, WHO’s expert panel agreed that the outbreak is a health emergency in the region, but advised “against the application of any international travel or trade restrictions.” The nearly year-long Ebola outbreak in DRC has killed more than 1,500 people and saw its first cases appear across the border in neighboring Uganda earlier this month.

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