Because the outbreak was declared August 1, 116 individuals have been contaminated, together with 77 deaths. As of Wednesday, 86 of the circumstances had been confirmed by lab outcomes, and 30 had been possible.
Instances of Ebola are being reported in 5 well being zones in North Kivu province and one well being zone in Ituri, each within the northeastern a part of the nation. This space borders Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan, the place safety issues and an ongoing humanitarian disaster issue into the flexibility to include the outbreak.
Nevertheless, management measures appear to be working, WHO mentioned.
Sufferers are attending to remedy facilities shortly, and most are getting assist inside an hour of prognosis. With this extremely infectious illness transmitted from individual to individual by means of bodily fluids like saliva, blood, breast milk and feces, affected person care is vital to decreasing the an infection charge.
Well being care staff have been following up instantly with individuals who might have come into contact with Ebola sufferers, to verify they aren’t contaminated, WHO mentioned. Ring vaccination efforts have additionally been shortly scaled up, reaching individuals who might have come into contact with these sufferers.
That is the excellent news, however there are nonetheless new circumstances and issues amongst well being staff over containing the virus.
“The outbreak pattern have to be interpreted with warning,” WHO mentioned.
Over the previous week, 13 further confirmed or possible circumstances had been reported, largely within the metropolis of Beni. WHO is worried that these numbers might develop, as persons are nonetheless concerned in “dangerous conduct” that might unfold Ebola. There are nonetheless unsafe burial practices, a reluctance to speak with well being care staff making an attempt to hint the illness, and a resistance to searching for assist from well being care staff, along with basic issues with an infection prevention and management.
Additionally a priority: The variety of well being care staff contaminated is now 15, together with one demise. WHO believes that these contaminated staff had been in all probability uncovered to Ebola in well being amenities that aren’t particularly arrange as remedy facilities.
That is the 10th Ebola outbreak in Congo, the place the virus is endemic, because it was found in 1976.
WHO is working with native well being care staff on illness management, and collectively, they’re elevating consciousness about tips on how to deal with sufferers with Ebola and vaccinate people who find themselves most in danger.