More than 100 cases of Ebola virus (EBV) disease have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in just one week.
In its latest disease outbreak update, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of confirmed and probable EVD cases up to May 14 had risen to 1,739, with 102 healthcare workers affected.
It said the main drivers behind the continued rise in cases stemmed from insecurity hampering access to critical hotspot areas, persistent pockets of poor community acceptance and hesitation to participate in response activities and delayed detection and late presentation of EVD cases to Ebola Treatment Centres (ETCs)/Transit Centres (TCs). Other areas of concern include the high numbers of community deaths, as well as the long duration of the current outbreak and fatigue amongst response staff.
The WHO anticipates that the rising case figures will continue within the hotspot areas in the coming weeks as the resumption of major response activities will lead to the detection of more cases. “The increased transmission rates witnessed recently continue to demonstrate a heightened risk of EVD spreading to other neighbouring provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to surrounding countries,” it said.