Security Concerns and Case Counts Rise As Ebola Outbreak Rages On

So far 211 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola have been reported since early July

So far 211 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola have been reported since early July

The World Health Organisation (WHO) will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to decide whether Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak constitutes public health emergency of worldwide concern, the global health body said on Monday.

Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called for an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has already claimed about 130 lives. In response to the challenges faced in this outbreak, the committee issued public health advice (see infographic).

As of October 14, 2018, there have been a total of 214 cases of Ebola in the region (179 laboratory-confirmed cases and 35 probable cases) and 104 confirmed deaths.

Of those confirmed to have contracted the virus since 8 October, 24 have died.

Deadly in about 50% of cases, it has no proven treatment and those who become sick with the illness are treated with fluids and rest - often in isolation in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus.

The latest case of the resistance was reported in Beni on Wednesday when members of a community stole the body of a woman who had died of Ebola.

Because of the increase in violent events, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has relocated CDC health workers that were volunteering in violent areas, effectively pulling the workers from areas with the most need. In the words of Tom Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): "If Ebola had not been rapidly contained in Lagos, Nigeria, a densely populated city with many global airline connections, the disease most likely would have spread to other parts of Nigeria, elsewhere in Africa, and possibly to other continents".

In spite of the growing number of cases and armed conflict, outbreak response efforts remain underway.

A staff member of the United Nations peacekeeping mission MONUSCO was among the latest victims of the virus, the United Nations and DRC health ministry said.

"All these tested negative of any Ebola strains, Marburg or Sosuga virus", the statement said. The eastern region is close to the border with Uganda, and Rwanda.

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