September 22, 2018

Doctor infected with Ebola in DRC conflict zone

27 August 2018, 04:10 | Rodolfo Wallace

Ebola infected doctor surrounded by DR Congo rebels, WHO warns

Doctor in eastern Congo contracts Ebola in 'dreaded' scenario: WHO

"It is the first time we have a confirmed case and contacts in an area of high insecurity", said Dr. Peter Salama, WHO's deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response. The doctor is among 14 confirmed or probable cases among health workers.

WHO and health experts reached Oicha with armed escort by MONUSCO troops this week, he said, adding: "We know from that incident now in Oicha we are going to have to operate in some very complex environments due to security and access concerns".

Congo is struggling to curb the worst eruption of the disease in a decade in a region prone to attacks by militias and sheltering more than a million displaced people fleeing conflict.

About 500 healthcare workers have been vaccinated against Ebola, as have 600 children, Salama said. The index case was possible a doctor who traveled to Oicha from Beni and would possibly per chance presumably perchance silent maintain contaminated his companion, Salama acknowledged.The avenue to Oicha is in a red zone.

Dr. Chilufya told journalists today in Lusaka at a press briefing.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has approved four more experimental treatments for the deadly Ebola virus, in an effort to contain a growing outbreak in its restive eastern region that has already killed dozens. The first dose of Gilead Science's antiviral drug Remdesivir was administered on Tuesday (August 21), while the monoclonal antibody treatment mAb114 was deployed almost two weeks ago. Of 59 reported deaths, 32 have been confirmed as Ebola, according to the health ministry.

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Additionally, the director-general of World Health Organization said on August 1o that the region of the Eastern Congo has high-population density, great instability and large displacement; all conditions which could favor the spread of the nation's spread of the 1oth outbreak of the Ebola virus.

The aid from the ROK government will be used for the WHO's activities to respond to the Ebola virus in accordance with the "National Plan for the Response to the Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic in North Kivu Province", devised by the DRC and worldwide organizations, including the WHO.

The doctor in question is stuck inside Oicha, which is one of the most volatile areas of North Kivu.

The latest report followed reports that a case of Ebola infection and one suspected case have been found in one town in the area, Oicha, which is surrounded by armed groups.

Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said last week that the country's humanitarian situation "has deteriorated sharply in recent months" and more Ebola cases are expected.

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