Ebola RC News

  • Four New Congo Ebola Cases as Medics Prepare Experimental Treatment Four new cases of Ebola virus have been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministry said, as authorities prepare to deploy an experimental treatment.
  • Congo Starts Using Experimental Ebola Treatment Democratic Republic of Congo has started using the experimental mAb114 Ebola treatment on patients in the east of the country, the health ministry said on Tuesday, the first time it has been deployed against an active outbreak.
  • Congo Starts Vaccinating Health Workers Against Ebola Congolese officials and the World Health Organization began vaccinating health workers against the deadly Ebola virus on Wednesday, to try to halt an outbreak in Congo's volatile east.
  • Congo Ebola Vaccine Teams Set Up Fridges, 43 Cases Suspected Health workers in Congo were setting up refrigerators on Monday to keep cool an Ebola vaccine needed to tackle an outbreak suspected to have infected 43 people, the health ministry said.
  • Ebola Vaccinations in Eastern Congo Due to Begin on Wednesday V accinations against a new outbreak of Ebola virus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are due to begin on Wednesday, a senior official at the health ministry said on Sunday.
  • Congo Ebola Outbreak Poses High Regional Risk, Says WHO An Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is likely spread over tens of kilometers and poses a high regional risk given its proximity to borders, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Thursday.
  • WHO Warns There May Be No Vaccine Option for New Ebola Outbreak It may be impossible to use a vaccine to tackle Democratic Republic of Congo's new Ebola outbreak that has caused four confirmed cases, including two health workers, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Thursday.
  • Congo Declares Ebola Flare-Up Over After Rapid Response Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday declared an end to an Ebola outbreak believed to have killed 33 people after what experts hailed as a swift response to the flare-up in one of the world's most difficult environments.
  • Congo Completes Surveillance of Ebola Contacts, No New Cases Democratic Republic of Congo moved closer to declaring its Ebola outbreak over when the health ministry said it had completed surveillance of the last people who came into contact with patients and had not found any new cases.
  • Ebola Outbreak in Congo "Largely Contained", Says WHO Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak has been "largely contained" and no new cases of the disease have been confirmed since the last known sufferer died on June 9, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
  • Congo Reports First Confirmed Ebola Case in Over a Week Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded its first confirmed case of Ebola in over a week, the health ministry said on Thursday, although medics say they have made significant progress in their efforts to contain the disease.
  • Medical Workers in Congo City Finish Vaccinating Contacts of Ebola Patients Medical workers in Democratic Republic of Congo have given all the immediate contacts of Ebola patients in the city of Mbandaka an experimental vaccine as they try to thwart a disease that has killed around 25 people, the health ministry said.
  • Fear and Suspicion Hinder Congo Medics in Ebola Battle With more than twice as many Ebola outbreaks as any other country since the virus was discovered in 1976, Congolese are familiar with its destructive power, yet fear and suspicion of medical authorities are still hindering efforts at containment.
  • Infection Alert After Ebola Patients Taken to Prayer Meeting Two dying Ebola patients were spirited out of a Congo hospital by their relatives on motor-bikes, then taken to a prayer meeting with 50 other people, potentially exposing them all to the deadly virus, a senior aid worker said on Thursday.
  • U.S. Biotechs to Speed Work on Nipah Vaccine as Virus Hits India A global coalition set up a year ago to fight epidemics has struck a $25 million deal with two U.S. biotech companies to accelerate work on a vaccine against the brain-damaging Nipah virus that has killed 12 people in India.
  • Why the World Needs More Than One Ebola Vaccine In the life-and-death race to make the first effective vaccine against Ebola, one company - Merck - seems bound to win.
  • 'Don't Touch the Bodies': Racing to Stop Ebola Spread in Congo Hundreds of volunteers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have set out on foot and motorbike to teach Ebola safety in a drive aid agencies say could be key to containing a deadly outbreak.
  • U.S. to Send Experimental Ebola Treatment to Congo U.S. health authorities said on Wednesday they were preparing to send an experimental Ebola treatment to the Democratic Republic of Congo for use in a clinical trial aimed at stemming an outbreak in the country that has spread to Mbandaka, a city of about 1.5 million people.
  • Three Ebola Patients Escape Congo Quarantine Three patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus escaped from a hospital holding them in quarantine in the Congo city of Mbandaka, an aid group said, as medics raced to stop the disease spreading in the teeming river port.
  • Two More Die of Ebola in Congo; Seven New Cases Confirmed Two more people have died from Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said on Tuesday, as aid agencies battled to persuade sceptical residents about the severity of an outbreak that has killed 27 since April.

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