Ebola response in DR Congo 'failing' to contain outbreak: MSF
Efforts to curb the Democratic Republic of Congo's worst Ebola outbreak are stumbling, medical charity MSF warned Thursday, blaming the role of the security forces in the response and their "toxic" relations with local communities.
Ebola treatment centre in eastern DR Congo reopens after attack
An Ebola treatment centre in eastern DR Congo has reopened after an attack by gunmen last Wednesday forced its closure, the health ministry announced.
Ebola outbreak 'under control' in part of eastern DR Congo
An Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 500 people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been brought under control in one major area, the health ministry said late Tuesday.
DR Congo Ebola death toll passes 500
More than 500 people have died from the latest outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo, but a vaccination programme has prevented thousands more deaths, the country's health minister told AFP. "In total, there have been 502 deaths and 271 people cured," said a health ministry bulletin published late on Friday, reporting on the outbreak in…
Scientists advance Ebola, HIV treatment options
Scientists have advanced treatment options for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV). They have developed a new medication that in one dose successfully protected nonhuman primates against a lethal infection of all strains of the deadly Ebola virus. The findings are now available in Cell Host & Microbe. Dr. Thomas Geisbert,…
UN chief sues for peace in DR Congo ahead of polls
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on political actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to work together for a free and fair elections on Sunday. Guterres, in a statement, also encouraged all Congolese citizens to seize “this historic opportunity” to participate in the consolidation of the country’s democratic institutions. The UN…
24 patients fled Congo Ebola center
Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry said that 24 patients have fled an Ebola treatment center in Beni on Thursday. The patients had to flee when it came under attack by people protesting the cancellation of Sunday’s presidential election in the eastern city. Ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga told Reuters that 17 of the patients had…
South Sudan vaccinates health teams in Ebola epidemic
South Sudan will vaccinate key health workers against Ebola close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, which faces a new epidemic, the World Health Organization said Monday.
With simulation, over 40 countries prepare for Ebola, others
To contain possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and the like, Nigeria and over 40 other countries have begun proactive measures with support from World Health Organisation (WHO). Chief executive officer of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, told journalists yesterday that “simulation for a global pandemic response involving…