Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo Reaches 500 Cases

Outbreak’s 289 deaths includes healthcare workers

The latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo hit 500 cases yesterday, including 289 deaths. Two of the latest deaths occurred outside a hospital or treatment center, increasing the risk of transmission. Three healthcare workers have been infected since December 1. Forty nine healthcare workers have been infected since the beginning of the outbreak in August, and 15 of those have died.

Healthcare workers prepare to transport an Ebola patient. (Source: cidrap.umn.edu)

Vaccination and case contact tracing are taking place, but there are still unknown transmission chains in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, according to WHO. Community resistance continues to be an issue in treating the outbreak. Two healthcare posts and Hope Health Centre in Katwa were burned.

Read more from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy here.