Updated: 12/14/2018 3:27:32 AM
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the current outbreak is occurring in the worst of locations: the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, which are heavily populated, trade heavily across the border with Rwanda and Uganda, and are experiencing a “deteriorating security situation” due to a violent and chaotic insurrection.
Updated: 12/12/2018 3:22:52 AM
The world's second-largest Ebola outbreak hit another milestone today, as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recorded 2 new cases, raising outbreak totals to 500, including 289 deaths.
Of the four new deaths recorded today, two are community deaths in Beni and Mabalako, which took place outside a hospital or Ebola treatment center, raising the risk of transmission, the DRC said.
There are also 80 people currently under investigation for suspected infections, the DRC's health ministry said in its daily update.
Published Tuesday, December 11, 2018
World's second-largest Ebola outbreak has spread to the city of Butembo (population 1 million), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). New cases are increasing quickly in Butembo's eastern suburbs and outlying, isolated districts, sparking fears of its containment.
There has been a "significant increase" in infections there over the past three weeks, with a total of 25 confirmed cases thus far, according to a bulletin released by DRC's health ministry on December 6.
North Kivu and Ituri, where cases are being reported, are among the most populous provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are also awash with violence and insecurity, particularly in the mineral-rich borderlands where militia activity has surged over the past year, all of which complicates the international response to the Ebola outbreak, ABC reports.
The ministry said that without the teams that vaccinated more than 41 000 people so far, this outbreak could have already seen more than 10 000 Ebola cases.
This is by far the largest use of the promising but still-experimental Ebola vaccine, which is owned by Merck. The company keeps a stockpile of 300 000 doses, and preparing them takes months, according to the AP.
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