By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The World Health Organization (WHO) Africa Region reported two additional Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This brings the outbreak total to 104 (100 confirmed and four probable).

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The death toll remains at 44.

The number of health areas that have reported at least one confirmed or probable case of EVD since the start of this outbreak has risen to 34, in 11 of the 18 health zones in the province.

WHO says the 11th EVD outbreak in DRC continues to be of grave concern, with a continuing increase in incidence cases and more health areas and health zones affected. Challenges continue around known confirmed cases still living in the community and contacts lost to follow-up, as well as an ongoing strike among personnel in response pillars. Additionally, there is a lack of funding for the response, particularly that required to prevent further spread, and inadequate human resources for risk communication and engagement in affected health zones and hotspots.

In both Ebola virus disease and COVID-19, there is a need to sustain a strong and robust surveillance system in order to detect, isolate, test and treat new suspected cases as early as possible, to improve outcomes in potential cases, and to break all chains of transmission.