Transmission of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) appears to be easing; however, authorities have warned that it remains too soon to see if this trend will persist.
According to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO), between August 21 and September 10, 157 cases of Ebola were reported from 15 health zones in the DRC. Forty new cases were confirmed in the week leading up to September 12, the lowest weekly incidence since March 2019. “While these signs are promising, it remains too soon to tell if this trend will persist,” the WHO said in its latest disease outbreak update.
It added that emerging hotspots continue to pose challenges in terms of accessibility, insecurity and violence, while surveillance indicators highlight that public health risks of further spread remain very high.
As of September 10, 3,091 EVD cases have been reported, including 2,980 confirmed and 111 probable cases, of which 2,074 cases died. Of the total confirmed and probable cases, 5 per cent (n=157) have been identified in health workers. Most of the cases (56%) were female, while 29 per cent were children aged less than 18 years.