By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Three additional Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases were reported in Equateur province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), bringing the outbreak total to 77 total cases (73 confirmed, 4 probable).

An additional death was recorded, bringing the total to 33.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced Friday providing more than $7.5 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help end the 11th Ebola outbreak in the country.

The funding also will support Ebola survivors and maintain a rapid-response capacity in Eastern DRC, where the DRC’s 10th outbreak, also the second-largest outbreak of the disease in history was declared over in June 2020.

Through USAID’s NGO and UN partners on the ground, the United States is scaling up to providing life-saving assistance in Northwestern DRC’s Équateur Province, where a new outbreak of Ebola was declared on June 1. This assistance includes support for the deployment of rapid-response teams to remote areas, surveillance for cases of the disease, and treatment facilities. Additionally, this assistance will help survivors facing stigmatization, as well as fund continued engagement with communities on prevention and post-outbreak training on safe and dignified burials.