By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus Disease – External Situation Report 67


Over the last three months, there has been a steady decrease in confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At the peak of the epidemic in the last week of April 2019, 120 cases were reported. In the week of 4 to 10 November 2019 only 12 cases were reported. Teams are building on this progress by enhancing efforts to thoroughly investigate all new cases and improving contact tracing in order to break the remaining transmission chains.

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Miscommunication a major issue to combat Ebola in North Kivu podcast

In the Democractic Republic of Congo, the Ebola epidemic continues in the northeastern part of the country, but has moved into the Ituri region as cases in North Kivu are slowly starting to decrease. The deadly disease has been killing residents for more than a year– why did it take so long to get the problem of Ebola under control?

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Institute prepares for handling disease disasters

On the morning of Nov. 4, 2019, Anna Chocallo arrived at a local health care facility. She had a fever, and her stomach pain and nausea were getting much worse. When her care provider asked about Chocallo’s recent travel and learned about her trip to Uganda, an area of the world with a simulated Ebola epidemic, a plan was set into motion.

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UN suspends some Ebola screening after 3 aid workers killed

The United Nations migration agency has halted Ebola screenings at five border crossings in East Africa after three of its aid workers were killed.

The International Organization for Migration said several of its volunteers were caught in the crossfire during clashes between rival groups on Saturday morning in South Sudan’s Central Equatoria region. Two men and one woman died, and two male volunteers sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

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Battling with mistrust and poor working conditions, health workers face a difficult fight against Ebola in DRC

The handwashing and temperature reading stations set up in the most widely frequented places in Goma and on the roads leading to other urban centres in North Kivu seem pitiful in the light of the threat that the Ebola virus represents. “I’m not sure it’s enough to protect me,” admits Guillaume Bisimwa, from Goma, as he crosses the Grande Barrière border post between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda.

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