Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

'Substantial risks' remain in Congo's Ebola outbreak - 8/31/2018 11:36:00 AM

'Substantial risks' remain in Congo's Ebola outbreak - 8/31/2018 11:36:00 AM

The UN agency is airlifting high energy biscuits from its warehouse in Dubai to Goma, capital of North Kivu province, where an Ebola outbreak was declared on 1 August.

A total of 111 cases of Ebola have been recorded since the beginning of the epidemic - 83 confirmed cases and 28 probable cases, WFP said.

The outbreak has killed 77 people in Congo's North Kivu and Ituri provinces among hundreds of cases including health workers.

The WHO has always maintained that fighting the outbreak has been challenging due to the ongoing militia violence.

Patients are getting to treatment centers quickly, and most are getting help within an hour of diagnosis.

Four of the new infections were among people who weren't known s of other infected people, so it's unclear how they got the disease. He acknowledged they also would make stronger kids who had been discharged as free of Ebola but had been liable to stigmatization upon returning to their communities.

That's the good news, but there are still new cases and concerns among health workers over containing the virus.

World Health Organization said although its origin is not known, fruit bats potentially may be a host.

Over the past week, 13 additional confirmed or probable cases were reported, mostly in the city of Beni. "The active involvement of concerned communities is key to stopping the spread of the disease".

It added that sporadic instances of high-risk behaviours in some communities (such as unsafe burials, reluctance towards contact tracing, vaccination and admission to ETCs if symptoms developed), poor infection prevention and control (IPC) practices in some community health centres, and delays in patients reaching ETCs when symptoms develop, all have the potential to further propagate the outbreak. WFP wants to reach those who have been in contact with affected people and their families in efforts to limit population movements and prevent the virus from being spread further.

Fifteen cases have been reported among health workers, of which 14 were confirmed and one has died.

In World Health Organisation statement "Recent trends suggest that control measures are working", said, citing improving figures for tracking patients' contacts, rapid treatment of Ebola patients with therapeutic drugs and vaccinations of people at risk.

The Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province is the 10th in the DRC in 40 years. Five experimental Ebola therapies have been approved to treat those who are sick.

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