Rate of new Ebola cases has doubled since September

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 14, 2018

The rate of new Ebola cases has more than doubled since September after rebel violence in northeastern DRC caused response efforts to be briefly suspended, health officials said.

"This is a sign not only that the outbreak is not under control, but that without full engagement from the community things could get a lot worse", said Michelle Gayer, the IRC's senior director of emergency health.

WHO said health workers were searching for a confirmed case who left an Ebola clinic in Beni and "went missing in an unsecured area of Kalunguta". There have been 23 new cases in the past 5 days, a contrast to previous recent weeks, which saw only a trickle of cases.As of today, four administrative measures will be put in place in Beni, the new epicenter of the outbreak, the health ministry said.

To date, 19 healthcare workers have been infected during this outbreak, and 3 have died.In its latest situation report on the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday that all healthcare personnel infections have occurred from exposure outside the healthcare setting. WHO's emergencies chief has said the insecurity, public defiance about vaccinations and politicians fanning fears ahead of elections in December could create a "perfect storm" leading this outbreak to spread.

Red Cross volunteers were injured during the burial of a suspected Ebola victim last week.

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