By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported one additional Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case and an additional death, bringing the outbreak total in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to 89 total cases (85 confirmed, 4 probable) and 37 deaths.
WHO states the EVD outbreak continues to rise in case numbers and spread to new geographical areas, although Bikoro, Bolomba and Ibiko health zones have not reported any new confirmed cases for 42 days.
Challenges include, insufficient funds for the response, along with too few people qualified in risk communication and community engagement, particularly in hotspot areas. Community resistance continues, specifically to sampling and general response measures and some travellers refusing screening at health checkpoints, partly because of poor security support and congestion at these points.
Further actions are required to limit spread to other areas, along with intense community engagement with community leaders to prevent resistance to response activities and ensure that communities become fully engaged in response activities.
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