In a follow-up on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur province in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN health officials report three more confirmed Ebola infections, bringing the total to 60–(56 confirmed, 4 probable) 24 deceased, 17 recovered.

Mike Ryan, MD, World Health Organization (WHO) emergencies expert said, “The disease is active, not controlled”. The outbreak spread across 21 health areas in seven health zones.

Ryan noted burial practices are a concern as investigations so far suggest that about one in three cases are linked to attending funeral, also a known transmission risk.

EVD is transmitted by contact with the blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of an infected or recently deceased person. The death rate is typically high, ranging up to 90 percent in some outbreaks.

In addition, the DRC is battling measles, malaria, acute respiratory infections, typhoid, COVID-19, cholera, meningitis, diarrhea with dehydration in children under the age of five years, influenza, monkey pox and yellow fever.

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