WHO declares formal end to Ebola outbreak in DRC

WHO declares formal end to Ebola outbreak in DRC

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Sunday the end of the most recent Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. The declaration comes following two consecutive 21-day incubation cycles in which the last confirmed Ebola patient has tested negative twice, for a total of 42 days. The Bas-Uélé province in…

Somalia’s cholera outbreak linked to drought, climate

Somalia’s cholera outbreak linked to drought, climate

World Health organization officials say an “unprecedented” outbreak of cholera in Somalia is linked to the drought that began in October 2016, creating widespread shortages of clean drinking water and food. There are more than 40,000 suspected cases since the beginning of the year, with nearly 700 deaths to date,…

New African Union CDC health operations center is open for business

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention was officially open for business on Wednesday, following a ribbon cutting ceremony at the conclusion of this week’s African Union summit. The ceremony celebrated a state-of-the-art Emergency Operating Center in Addis Ababa designed to support early warning and response systems, deliver technical expertise…

Ethiopia’s Tedros among three finalists for WHO director general

The World Health Organization has announced the three finalists running to become the next director general of the agency – and Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has made the short list. Five candidates were interviewed Wednesday before a 34-member executive board, followed by an immediate vote to determine the three finalists. In addition…

Sierra Leone officially Ebola free

Sierra Leone was officially declared Ebola free this Saturday after going 42 days without a new case. The criteria by which a country is declared Ebola free is set by the World Health Organization (WHO). The 42-day period is set as it is twice the “maximum incubation period for Ebola…

WHO declares Liberia Ebola free

Liberia has once again been declared Ebola free. Last Thursday the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia Ebola free after its 42-day period without recording a confirmed case of the virus. Liberia is now entering its 90-day period of vigilance and surveillance, which will hopefully prevent any further outbreaks. Previously,…