Significant progress in containing Ebola outbreak


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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While significant progress has been made in containing the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), authorities say they will be continuing to closely monitor the situation. 

Latest figures show that as of 24 June, a total of 55 cases and 28 deaths had been reported. Of these cases, 38 have been laboratory confirmed, 14 were probable cases and three were suspected cases. Five healthcare workers have been affected, with four confirmed cases and two deaths. Two new suspected cases were reported in Iboko and Bikoro health zones on 24 June. The last confirmed case-patient in Iboko Health Zone developed symptoms on 2 June 2018, was confirmed on 6 June and died on 9 June 2018. No new confirmed cases have been reported in Bikoro and Wangata health zones since 17 May. 

The focus of the response remains on intensive surveillance, including active case finding, investigation of suspected cases and alerts and contact tracing. Additionally, 3,268 people have received the Ebola vaccine since the implementation of the ring vaccination protocol on 21 May. Authorities plan to review the ongoing response early this month in order to guide reprogramming of interventions, including developing a 90-day response plan after the outbreak.