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WHO To Determine If DRC Ebola Outbreak Is Global Health Emergency

139 people have now died in the outbreak Image The number of deaths has soared to 139 in the current outbreak
Melissa Porter | 18 October, 2018, 21:45

The goal of the meeting will be to determine if the ongoing situation in eastern DRC constitutes a public health emergency of global concern, and what recommendations should be made to manage the outbreak.On Sep 28, the WHO raised the risk assessment of national and regional levels from high to very high due to ongoing security challenges in the region.Today Stat reported that American health personnel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were pulled from the outbreak zone last month because of local insecurity.

On 1 August 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in North Kivu Province.

More cases are being confirmed by health officials in the central African country, with death toll rising.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recorded six more cases of Ebola over the weekend, including three community deaths, which raise more concern about the spread of the disease in the region.The new cases lift the outbreak total to 211, including 135 deaths.

According to the DRC Ministry of Health, 73 patients have been treated with the experimental therapies mAb 114, Remdesivir, Zmapp or Regeneron in this outbreak.

Following the rising incidences of infection, World Health Organization has called an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak on Wednesday in Geneva.

The spread of Ebola must be carefully contained
Image The spread of Ebola must be carefully contained

Working alongside the Ministry of Health, Save the Children has recruited and trained 230 Community Health Workers who travel door-to-door and inform families on how to prevent the spread of the disease through simple steps like handwashing.

Of those confirmed to have contracted the virus since 8 October, 24 have died.

However, WHO has warned that continuing insecurity severely affects both civilians and frontline workers, forcing the suspension of the response for several days in late September.

In a new approach to increase community engagement and surveillance integration, members of the community in 12 neighborhoods across the Beni Health Zone have partnered with health workers to promote prevention methods. However, the article also highlighted that all EVD alerts from neighbouring nations have been ruled out, indicating that the outbreak is contained in Congo at the moment.

When carried out correctly, these burial practices reduce the risk of transmission of Ebola virus to healthy individuals.

The UN children agency said it had identified more than 1,500 schools in the areas affected by the epidemic.