Today, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has recorded 13 new cases of Ebola in its daily update. Six of the new cases are in Butembo, three in Oicha and two each in Beni and Katwa.
The totals of the epidemics are now 471, of which 423 confirmed and 48 probable; 273 people died. And the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday that it is worried about the reintroduction of the virus in the epidemic region.
Officials confirmed five new deaths yesterday and today, including a community death in Komanda, which increases the risk of transmission between caregivers. A total of 106 suspected cases are still under investigation, the DRC ministry said.
Tackling violence, resisting communities
Today, Oly Ilunga Kalenga, MD, DRC's health minister, held a press conference in Kinshasa to update the public on the epidemic, now in its fifth month. He said peak cases were observed in Butembo and Katwa in the last 3 weeks, and he attributed the increase to three main causes.
First, Kalenga said that these communities are characterized by a high population density and mobility, as it is the main commercial region of North Kivu. He also said that small pockets of resistance to the violent community limited response efforts at the time.
"The expression of reluctance on the part of the community is more violent than the reluctance usually observed during previous Ebola outbreaks," Kalenga said. "A minority of the population in these areas expresses its reluctance through the regular destruction of medical equipment and health centers, as well as the physical attacks of health care workers."
Finally, Kalenga said 44 health workers contracted Ebola during this outbreak or 9% of the total case and 1
Kalenga estimated that tens of thousands of Congolese were protected from the disease through the use of the Ebola vaccine without a Merck license, which has been used throughout the region since August. To date, 41,226 people have been vaccinated, including 3,556 to Butembo.
DRC, Uganda coordinate responses
Yesterday officials from the DRC and neighboring Uganda met in Goma for a bilateral exchange of information, which aimed at strengthening border surveillance of diseases.
According to All Africa, countries have agreed to map common crossing points for joint screening.
Also yesterday the World Health Organization (WHO) published its 18th report on the situation on the epidemic. From November 27 to December 3, officials confirmed 31 Ebola cases in eight health districts.
"The health zones of Komanda, Masereka and Mabalako reported a new confirmed case, respectively 61 days, 48 days and 56 days after confirmation of previously confirmed cases, and investigations are underway regarding links and chronology travel from other areas to these cases, "said the WHO. He added that the re-emergence of Ebola in these three areas highlights the possibility of re-introduction of the virus in the communities of the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.
L & # 39; WHO said that the epidemic remains "serious and unpredictable". Contact monitoring activities continue, with 5,335 people actively traced from 3 December. On average, health care workers receive 212 alerts for possible infections a day, 64 of which were validated as suspected cases.
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