DRC: Ebola cases rise as Tedros visits Bikoro

DRC: Ebola cases rise as Tedros visits Bikoro

Tedros Adhanom, the World Health Organization Director General, was in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday to personally evaluate the response to the country’s new Ebola outbreak. Tedros met with President Joseph Kabila, Minister of Health Oly Ilunga and other officials before heading out into the field to meet with…

WHO declares new Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

WHO declares new Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

A new outbreak of Ebola virus disease was declared Tuesday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where government officials confirmed two cases in the lakeside town of Bikoro in the country’s northwest. The World Health Organization said it was working closely with the DR Congo’s Ministry of Health, after…

New research shows promise in managing lethal Marburg virus

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) say they’ve made promising breakthroughs in understanding how a treatment for the deadly Marburg virus might work. The team led by Erica Ollmann Saphire, a TSRI professor and senior author of the study, mapped the Marburg virus structure using high-resolution imaging to better…

How PPPs can stop the next superbugs

Recent outbreaks of cholera in parts of Africa and the Middle East have served as timely reminders of the potentially devastating health, security, and economic threats posed by antibiotic resistance. Most recently, in light of the episodes that struck Kenya this summer, microbiologist Samuel Kariuki highlighted the growing risk posed…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

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

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,…