DRC Ebola cases now at 500, with death toll at 289

DRC Ebola cases now at 500, with death toll at 289

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has reached another milestone, as the cases reported by the country’s Ministry of Health now stand at 500. The new total in what has become the second-largest Ebola outbreak in global history, after the 2014 West African outbreak, includes 452 confirmed cases…

DR Congo militant attacks kill 18 as Ebola cases spike again

DR Congo militant attacks kill 18 as Ebola cases spike again

Ebola in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo shows no signs of abating, as the second-largest outbreak in global history, behind the 2014 West African outbreak, claimed new victims. There are now 275 fatalities, the country’s Ministry of Health said in its Friday update. The total of cases stands at 477,…

Ebola case count tops 400 in DRC, with 231 fatalities

The spread of the Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has now surpassed 400 confirmed or probable cases, the country’s Ministry of Health reported on Saturday. Another 56 cases are suspected and under investigation. That means dozens of new cases in the last two weeks, with spikes seen…

Malaria report puts Mozambique’s challenge in focus

Mozambique serves as an example for why the global impacts of malaria must be remedied, the World Health Organization said Monday as it released an annual report showing stalled progress on the disease. In 2017, there were some 10 million cases in Mozambique, where about 40 percent of the population…

DR Congo’s crisis: Insecurity is one virus, Ebola is another

For months, health officials have issued a steady stream of warnings over the security situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where workers are racing the clock to contain an Ebola virus outbreak and treat its victims. Another disruption at the weekend is underscoring fears that the situation could become…

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Death toll tops 200 in DR Congo’s Ebola outbreak

The death toll in the Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has now surpassed 200 people as the country’s Ministry of Health and international experts work to contain the outbreak. Both the head of the ministry, Dr. Oly Ilunga, and the World Health Organization said this week that…

UNSC demands end to attacks interfering with DRC Ebola response

The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution Tuesday demanding that all armed groups in the eastern regions of Democratic Republic of Congo stop interfering with the response to a deadly and growing Ebola outbreak. “Humanitarian actors are operating under enormous difficulties to save lives,” said Taye Atske Selassie of…

WHO pollution data shows sobering impacts on African children

Every single child on the African continent under five years old is breathing air tainted by levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution higher than the World Health Organization air quality threshold. That’s according to a report released Monday by WHO that looks at the “silent killer” of air pollution…

New fighting targets civilians in DRC’s Ebola-hit region

New fighting that broke out Wednesday night in the North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo has sent civilians fleeing again in a region where authorities are struggling to contain a deadly Ebola outbreak. This time the clashes between suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and Democratic Republic of Congo…

WHO: Ebola in DRC alarming but not yet an international emergency

The World Health Organization held an emergency meeting in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss the Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo, and concluded that the growing Ebola threat does not yet meet the threshold for a “public health emergency of international concern” designation. The assessment of the risk…

DRC takes new tack in troubled Beni as Ebola cases increase

With the Ebola virus death toll now at 130 in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s health minister announced Saturday a new approach in seeking to contain the outbreak in the face of security challenges. Dr. Oly Ilunga said health workers are turning to community-based teams to help…

East African nations meet on Ebola as DRC toll reaches 113

The Ebola virus has now claimed 113 lives in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, as experts from seven East African countries completed meetings in Uganda focused on response to the outbreak. “The discussions focused on the measures to be taken to prevent the spread of the current Ebola epidemic…