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Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
“It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts. We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system,” said Dr. Tedros. “Extraordinary work has been done for almost a year under the most difficult circumstances. We all owe it to these responders — coming from not just WHO but also government, partners and communities — to shoulder more of the burden.”
Read more at WHO
Ebola death in Goma sparks fears of greater spread
The fight against Ebola has intensified after the first Ebola death in the major city of Goma in the DRC, World Vision warns today.
A government official confirmed a pastor died during transfer to an Ebola clinic on Tuesday (July 16). The patient had been working in Butembo, one of the hardest-hit towns during the outbreak, and travelled to Goma on a bus. He tested positive for the disease on Monday.
World Vision says the case poses a fresh threat, but one that could be controlled.
Read more at World Vision
Weekly Update on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparedness for South Sudan Update #44 (15 July 2019)
Highlights of the week
- Test results relating the samples taken from the alerts reported in Yei on 5 and 6 July 2019, were negative for Ebola.
- IOM established a new screening site in Lujulu crossing point, taking the cumulative number of screening sites 32.
- 70,730 screenings were conducted for EVD at 31 points of entry during week 28. The cumulative number of screenings conducted since August 2018 is 2,564,942.
Read more at the Government of Sudan
Ebola Situation update
Since the beginning of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases is 2,512, 2,418 confirmed and 94 probable. In total, there were 1,676 deaths (1,582 confirmed and 94 probable) and 703 people healed.
Read more at DRC Ministry of Health