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Medical app aims to tackle rape, flag war crimes in conflict-torn Congo

Activists behind an app designed to assist doctors document evidence of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo aim to go beyond obtaining justice for rape victims and collect data which could help secure prosecutions for war crimes. Developed by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), MediCapt allows clinicians to record medical examination results digitally and photograph victims` injuries, store them online and send them directly to law enforcement officials and lawyers

June 14, 2017

HIV Positive Model Crowned Miss Congo UK 2017

Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo was crowned Miss Congo UK 2017 at a gala ceremony held in London. Horcelie (22) was born with the virus but had no idea she was positive until she was eleven years old. She has been an active campaigner in the battle against HIV Aids and is an advocate of living positively with the disease. She plans to work in collaboration with a youth group called Youth Stop AIDS which campaigns for a world without AIDS

April 15, 2017
Face2Face Africa
April 13, 2017
Times of India

Preparedness, surveillance and response

WHO confirms Congo polio outbreaks in new eradication setback

The Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered two separate outbreaks of polio, the World Health Organization said. Confirmation of the outbreaks in Congo`s Haut-Lomami and Maniema provinces came less than a week after the WHO said polio had resurfaced in Syria, in an area partly controlled by Islamic State. Like the Syrian outbreak, the four Congolese cases were caused by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2, which emerges in areas with only patchy vaccine coverage after being excreted by people who have been vaccinated

June 13, 2017

Six people rumoured to have Congo fever admitted in Bhavnagar

Six persons from Dambhalia village of Umrala taluka in Bhavnagar were admitted to the Sir T Hospital in Bhavnagar after they were suspected of having the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) or Congo Fever. However, doctors at the hospital claim the six patients are suspected of having H1N1 (swine flu) and for now doctors have ruled out Congo Fever. Of the six persons admitted to the hospital from the same family, cluster and community, one may have dengue. They have undergone virology tests and the blood reports show that it is not CCHF. But a conclusive picture will emerge only after the reports come in later in the week

June 12, 2017
Ahmedabad Mirror

Iran: Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever outbreak now at 33 cases

In a follow-up on the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) outbreak in Iran, health officials now put the outbreak at 33 cases. Officials with the Communicable Diseases Department with the Ministry of Health say the spread of the disease in the country is comparable with the same period last year. To date, three deaths have been reported, including a pregnant woman

June 10, 2017
Outbreak News Today
June 11, 2017
Tehran Times
June 10, 2017
Iran Front Page

Ebola epidemic in Congo 'under control': health minister

The DRC has not recorded a new case of Ebola in the last 21 days, the maximum incubation period for the disease, but it is now in a state of heightened surveillance, the health minister told the media. He said the authorities have confirmed four cases, up from two previously, and three other cases are considered probable

June 2, 2017

Congo reports outbreaks of severe bird flu in Ituri: OIE

The DRC has reported three outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu among poultry in the north eastern province of Ituri, the World Organization for Animal Health said. The virus was detected among ducks and hens in three villages near the border with Uganda, citing a report from the Congolese agriculture ministry

May 31, 2017

Congo approves use of Ebola vaccination to fight outbreak

DRC’s health ministry has approved the use of a new Ebola vaccine to counter an outbreak in its northeast that has killed four people, a spokesman said. The vaccine, known as rVSV-ZEBOV and developed by Merck, is not yet licensed but was shown to be highly protective against Ebola in clinical trials published at the end of last year. A WHO spokesperson said that the vaccination would be deployed ‘should an EVD laboratory confirmed case be identified outside the already defined chains of transmission’

May 29, 2017
Reuters, BFMTV

WHO deploys new technology for Ebola fight

WHO said it has deployed new technology that allows for rapid diagnosis of the Ebola virus in the DRC. One of the technologies being used to detect Ebola is GeneXpert, which was primarily developed to detect cases of TB, but has been adapted to enable rapid testing of many pathogens. At the INRB lab in Kinshasa technicians can use it to test for the Zaire strain of Ebola in just one hour. Other tests deployed include OraQuick which can test blood or saliva samples for Ebola in just half an hour

May 29, 2017
News Agency of Nigeria, ReliefWeb

Fourth person in probable Ebola death in Congo: WHO

A fourth person has likely died from Ebola in remote north eastern DRC, the WHO said, as the overall number of cases rose to 37 from 29. Of the 37 cases of haemorrhagic fever discovered since early May, two have been confirmed as Ebola, three including the latest death are considered probable and 32 are suspected. Health authorities are monitoring 416 people who came into contact with sufferers and have dispatched mobile laboratories to the zone to test people more quickly

May 21, 2017
May 22, 2017
The Citizen

Residents flee as suspected cases of Ebola outbreak in Congo grow

USA Today reports on the examples of residents aware of the Ebola outbreak in Bas-Uele province, 51 hours away from Kinshasa, fleeing to the capital. They told reporters there are no hospitals or medical facilities in this region, people are not aware of the virus and they do not know what precautions to take so many may die. There is also fear residents from the outbreak area could bring the disease to the capital

May 19, 2017
USA Today

Dr Benoit Kebela parle d’une maladie apparentée au cholera qui sévit à Badengaido en Ituri

In Badengaido there has already been 16 deaths from around 79 cases recorded to date, according to the Ministry of Public Health spokesperson, Dr Benoit Kebela Ilunga

February 27, 2017
Radio Okapi

Communicable diseases

How Did Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever Pop Up In Spain?

In 2016, two cases cropped up in Spain. Up to a third of patients die, usually within two weeks of contracting the disease. There`s no vaccine. This was the first time the disease had shown up in Western Europe in two people who had not travelled to an area where the fever is endemic. In a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers speculate that the ticks carrying the virus sneaked into Europe by latching on to migrating birds from Morocco or imported livestock

July 13, 2017