By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The World Health Organization (WHO) African regional office said Friday that there has been an additional confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case reported in the current and 11th outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since 1976.
The new case is from Bikoro and in this case, a new death.
This brings the total cases and deaths in Équateur Province to 107 cases (101 confirmed, 6 probable) and 47 fatalities.
An additional 16 human plague cases have been reported since our last report during the first week of August.
From 11 June to 9 August 2020, a total of 73 cases with 10 deaths (CFR13.6%) were notified in 5 over 22 health areas of Rety health zone.
Since the beginning of 2020 to date, Ituri Province has reported a total of 91 cases and 17 deaths (CFR 18.7%) in 5 health zones, namely Aungba, Linga, Rethy, Aru, Logo and Kambala.
This compares to 48 cases of bubonic plague, including eight deaths reported in all of 2019.
World’s largest measles outbreak declared over
On Tuesday, DRC Health Minister Eteni Longondo announced the world’s largest measles outbreak is over due to a massive vaccination program.
“For the past month, we are able to say that this epidemic has been eliminated from across our territory,” Health Minister Eteni Longondo told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday.
“We can say that measles no longer exists in the DRC.”
Since 2019 a total of 380, 766 measles cases and 7,018 deaths (CFR 1.8%) have been reported in the country.
The DRC announced the end of the measles epidemic on the same day the World Health Organization declared that the wild polio virus has been eradicated from the African continent.