Over the course of the weekend and today, 13 other cases were reported and another 5 deaths from Ebola in the 3-month occurrence of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.
All but one are from Butembo and Beni, the existing hotspots for the virus. Two of the new cases, a young mother and her child at 2 weeks of age, were diagnosed in Beni and later transferred to the Ebola Care Center in Mabalak at the request of the family. Another patient is Kalunguta.
Summaries of incidence now reach 300 cases (265 confirmed, 35 probable) including 186 deaths. In addition, 41 suspected cases are still being investigated.
The outbreak, the tenth country, is the third largest. It began in Mabalak in early August, just weeks after the Democratic Republic of Congo announced the end of another epidemic epidemic on the western side of the country. This outbreak quickly ended when Merck's experimental vaccine was used in a round-up vaccination program that focused on case and contact contacts.
The current outbreak was marked by seizures of viral activity and epidemic violence that hampered response and vaccination.
The leaders of the WHO and the UN visited an outbreak
Today's representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo to check for an outbreak of the epidemic.
MUDr. Peter Salama, WHO Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response, said on Twitter that he will be joining the DRC today with the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhan Ghebreyesus and Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix for UN peacekeeping forces.
"We are looking forward to seeing our teams again and hearing what further support they need to answer #Ebola," he said, "I'm proud of my tireless hard work under the toughest conditions."
Last week, the United Nations ordered all armed rebel troops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to allow healthcare workers and officials access to the outbreak area, which was the site of violent clashes among dozens of political groups, many of whom opposed efforts to outbreak outbreaks.
Uganda obviously uses vaccines for healthcare workers
Ainebyon Emmanuel, senior officer for the Ugandan Ministry of Health, said on Twitter that Uganda officially approved the use of a vaccine for healthcare workers, which he indicated last week.
Vaccine health workers will undergo retraining today and tomorrow, and the first injections will take place on 7 November.
Although there has not yet been a spill in Uganda, there have been several horrors and the nation is preparing for the worst. The northern province of Kivu and Ituri is bordered by Uganda, and more than 1 million refugees live in municipalities that extend across the border.
Currently, DRK has received a total of 26,463 people in the DRC, including 14,033 in Beni, 4,436 in Mabalak, 2,152 in Katwe, 1,663 in Mandima, and 1,435 in Butembo.
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