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Preparedness, surveillance and response

Ebola outbreak in DRC is over, WHO says

The World Health Organization declared an end to the most recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, marking the latest key milestone in the fight against the deadly disease. The announcement comes 42 days, or the equivalent of two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus, after the last confirmed patient in the affected Bas-Uele province tested negative for Ebola

July 2, 2017
CNN
July 7, 2017
Contagion Live

Congo's Ebola outbreak threatens CAR after violence forces thousands across border

An Ebola outbreak in the DRC could spread to the neighbouring CAR, where militia violence has forced thousands of people to flee across the border, the World Health Organization said, this is because recent attacks by militias in the CAR border town of Bangassou have driven about 2,750 people into Bas-Uele, raising the risk that the Ebola outbreak could spread across the border. WHO is worried as these refugees are now close to the epicentre of the ebola outbreak

May 25, 2017
Reuters

Ebola Returns, and Central Africa’s Virus Hunters Are Ready

MSF is sending 14 people to meet a 10-person team from the DRC’s Health Ministry. A cargo plane carrying 16 tons of medical and logistical supplies is on the way from Kinshasa to meet them. On the ground the MSF team will start administering care, potentially building a clinic. They may work with locals to do triage and surveillance, along with representatives from the World Health Organization. Bas-Uele is rural and poorly mapped so MSF want to crowdsource a mapping project. That way they won’t miss a lot of villages some people just don’t know about 

May 12, 2017
Wired

An outbreak of Ebola has been confirmed in Bas-Uele province of the DRC

The DRC Minister of Health, Dr Oly Illunga Kalenga, told the World Health Organization about an outbreak of the Ebola Virus in Likati health district more than 1300KMs from Kinshasa in the northern DRC, following confirmation of the disease by the National Biomedical Research Institute. Since April 22 there have been 9 suspected EVD cases reported including 3 deaths in the Likati health district, a 33.3% death rate according to a WHO official assessment 

May 12, 2017
World Health Organization
May 14, 2017
AlJazeera
May 13, 2017
New Straits Times, Information Nigeria
May 12, 2017
The Guardian, Time

Communicable diseases

Ebola vaccine could get first real-world test in emerging outbreak

An outbreak of Ebola in the DRC was confirmed by the World Health Organization on 12th May. Now health officials are considering whether to deploy an experimental Ebola vaccine against the outbreak, for the first time since the WHO gave its preliminary approval in April. The aid group MSF is discussing a potential vaccination campaign with the Congolese government, an MSF spokesperson says. This would require the approval of the WHO, which has not yet decided whether to call on the approved experimental vaccine or others in development

May 12, 2017
Nature