New Ebola outbreak claims at least 20 lives in eastern DR Congo

A new Ebola outbreak in the Beni region of Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed at least 20 lives so far, according to the country’s Ministry of Health. Twelve experts from the ministry, based in Kinshasa, arrived in the Mangina and Mabalako communities on Thursday, with doctors, laboratory technicians, epidemiologists…

Doctors Without Borders responds to BBC report on sexual misconduct

The global NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has issued a statement saying it has been unable to confirm allegations that its logistics staff members working in Africa were commonly engaged in sexual misconduct, but takes the allegations seriously. The response Thursday followed a BBC report featuring interviews with former employees…

Tedros visits C.A.R. after DRC Ebola assessment

Tedros Adhanom, the World Health Organization Director General, returned to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday to check on the progress of Ebola treatment and containment. He then visited Central African Republic, one of nine neighboring countries taking preparedness measures. “We have made great progress in the fight…

DR Congo says 700 have received Ebola vaccine

Health officials in Democratic Republic of Congo say almost 700 people have received an experimental Ebola vaccine in the past 10 days as medical teams work to contain the outbreak in the country’s northwest. Dr. Oly Ilunga, the country’s health minister, said Thursday that about 500 of them are in…

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

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…