The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee of the International Health Regulations on the Ebola outbreak in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Committee will gather this Wednesday, October 17th, in Geneva to discuss whether this recent Ebola outbreak represents a public health crisis of global concern and what are the recommendations that should be developed to address this epidemic.
The Committee’s opinions and suggestions would be made public on the WHO website and at a press briefing on the same day.
It is noteworthy that on September 28th, WHO had raised the risk of the Ebola outbreak spreading in the DRC to a new level, judging it to be “very high” at the national and the regional level.
WHO stated that it had amended “its risk assessment of the Ebola epidemic in the DRC due to potential risk factors for Ebola transmission at the national and regional levels, including transport links and population movements.”
Beni has surpassed the confirmed cases in Mangina, the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in Congo
Nevertheless, by the information currently available, WHO is still advising against any travel or trade restrictions with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces has exceeded 200 cases and 100 deaths. The latest epidemiological status update on the Ebola Virus Disease as of October the 13th, 2018, shows that a cumulative 211 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been identified in the area, including 176 cases confirmed and 35 probable.
Based on these figures from the Congolese Ministry of Health, of the 176 confirmed, 100 deaths were recorded, and 55 individuals were healed. The others are hospitalized in the various Ebola Treatment Centres (ETCs) installed.
There have been four new confirmed cases, two in Beni, one in Masereka and one in Butembo. As a consequence, the number of cases confirmed in Beni has outnumbered those established in Mangina, the epicenter of the new Ebola outbreak in Congo.