World Health Organisation reports new cases of Ebola outbreak in DRC

Ebola outbreak on the rise in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo : Al Jazeera

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently reported new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) at North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Currently, a total of 1029 confirmed EVD cases have been reported, of which 642 died. Of the 1029 cases, 584 were female, and 307 were children under the age of 18.

The organisation said response teams face daily challenges in ensuring timely and thorough identification and investigation of all cases amidst a backdrop of violence from armed groups and pockets of mistrust in some affected communities.

“Despite this, progress is being made in areas such as Mandima, Masereka and Vuhovi, where response teams are gradually able to access once again and acceptance by the community of proven interventions to break the chains of transmission is observed,” read the statement.

WHO noted that community engagement efforts to encourage greater local participation and ownership of the outbreak response is ongoing and has yielded some success in many areas. A total number of 324 patients have been discharged from Ebola Treatment Centres.

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