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Second Ebola vaccine to be introduced in DRC in mid-October – WHO

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) The announcement comes as the aid group Doctors Without Borders accuses the WHO of rationing the first Ebola vaccine in the Democatic Republic of the Congo

WHO accused of rationing Ebola vaccine in DR Congo

Sep 23, 2019 - 12:58 PM

'One of the main problems currently is the fact that in practice the vaccine is rationed by the WHO and that too few people at risk are protected today,' Doctors without Borders says

DR Congo ex-minister accused of $4.3 million embezzlement

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Authorities say former health minister Oly Ilunga is accused of 'misdemeanours of the mismanagement of funds allocated to the Ebola response'

DR Congo ex-health exec nabbed for stealing Ebola funds

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Officials say former health minister Oly Ilunga was about to flee the country when he was arrested

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign. Photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

First Ebola cases surface in DR Congo's South Kivu province

Aug 17, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola epidemic has claimed more than 1,900 lives since erupting last August 2018

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 in Bunia, in Ituri province, a health worker puts on his personal protective equipment before entering the red zone of a Doctors Without Borders-supported Ebola Treatment Centre, where he will check up on patients.

Rwanda shuts DR Congo border after Ebola cases in frontier city

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:24 PM

The announcement coincides with the first anniversary of an epidemic that has claimed more than 1,800 lives, stoking dread that the disease may spread from eastern DRC to vulnerable neighbors

BORDER. This August 1, 2019 image shows the deserted no man's land at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in Goma. Rwanda has shuttered its frontier with Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo after a third case of the deadly virus was detected in the border city of Goma, the Congolese presidency said on August 1, 2019. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

DR Congo Ebola epidemic widens on eve of first anniversary

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:42 AM

A total of 1,803 lives have been lost in the second worst outbreak of Ebola on record

Health workers wear protective gear to mix water and chlorine in Goma on July 31, 2019. A second person has died of Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma, a major transport hub, the country's pointman for the epidemic told AFP on July 31, 2019. PAMELA TULIZO / AFP

DR Congo health minister resigns after replaced as Ebola spearhead

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'As a result of your decision to place the response to the Ebola outbreak under your direct supervision... I hereby submit my resignation as health minister,' Oly Ilunga wrote in a resignation letter to President Felix Tshisekedi.

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign. Photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

DR Congo Ebola outbreak an emergency of global concern – WHO

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'It is time for the world to take notice,' says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, accepting the advice of his advisory board to invoke the emergency provision

ALERT. A motor taxi driver gets his hands washed at an Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 in Goma. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola patient in DR Congo city of Goma has died – governor

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:55 PM

The case – the first in a major urban hub in the region's nearly year-old epidemic of the disease – sparks deep concern in neighboring Rwanda and at the United Nations

SCREENING. Congolese are seen lining up to wash their hands and get their temperatures taken at a Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 Photo by JOhn Wessels/AFP

DR Congo urges calm after Ebola case in key city

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The UN's World Health Organization (WHO) describes as a 'potential game-changer' the Ebola case in Goma, a border city with a population of one million which has transport links to other parts of the DRC and beyond

VACCINE. A man receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse outside the Afia Himbi Health Center on July 15, 2019 in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

Ebola death toll breaks 1,500 mark in DR Congo

Jun 25, 2019 - 8:27 AM

As of Sunday, June 23, 1,506 people have died out of 2,239 recorded Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A health worker wears protective gears at the Mpondwe Health Screening Facility in the Uganda border town with the Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 13, 2019. A grandmother in Uganda has died from Ebola, health officials said on June 12, 2019, the second fatality in the country since a major outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo crossed the border. ISAAC KASAMANI / AFP

Tanzania 'in danger' following Ebola cases in neighbor Uganda – minister

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Tanzania Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu says the alert is necessary given the frequent interactions between Tanzanian and Ugandan people 'via the official borders or by other, unofficial channels'

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) puts on her Personal Protective Equipment during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani /AFP

WHO emergency panel meets on Ebola after Uganda deaths

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The current Ebola crisis, which began in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last August, has recorded more than 2,000 cases, including 1,411 deaths

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Second patient dies of Ebola in Uganda, as death toll climbs in DRC

Jun 13, 2019 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) WHO will hold an emergency meeting Friday, June 14, to determine whether to declare the outbreak 'a public health emergency of international concern'

EBOLA IN UGANDA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) puts on her Personal Protective Equipment during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani /AFP

Boy dies of Ebola in Uganda as virus spreads from DR Congo

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The World Health Organization confirms that Uganda has now recorded 3 cases of Ebola, in the first spread across the country's porous western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Ebola cases in DR Congo break 2,000 mark

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:29 AM

There have been fewer attacks on Ebola teams by armed groups, which means health workers have 'recovered some of the lost time to contain the spread of the epidemic'

EBOLA DEATHS. Health workers prepare to bury a coffin containing a victim of the ebola virus on May 16, 2019 in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

High-security Ebola burials spark dismay, anger in DR Congo

May 21, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Funeral ceremonies for ebola victims are carried out in sanitized conditions, with relatives and friends kept at a distance. This is a traumatic break with traditions that demand the body of a loved-one be seen or touched.

BURYING EBOLA VICTIMS. A police officer escorts the coffins containing two victims of ebola as they enter a graveyard on May 16, 2019 in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

U.N. official blasts violence against Ebola teams in DR Congo

May 11, 2019 - 9:39 PM

The Ebola fightback has already been hampered by an uptick in insecurity and attacks on medical teams amid resistance within some communities to preventative measures, care facilities, and safe burials

RED ZONE. A health worker puts on his personal protective equipment (PPE) before entering the red zone of a MSF (Doctors Without Birders) supported Ebola Treatment Center (ETC), where he will check up on patients on November 6, 2018 in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola death toll to pass 1,000 – U.N.

May 04, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'We are anticipating a scenario of continued, intense transmission,' says Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center in Butembo. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola death toll in DRC passes 750: WHO

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Poor security owing to the presence of armed groups, coupled with resistance of some communities to seeking treatment, hampers the fight to stem the spread of the disease.

AFTERMATH. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center, which was attacked in the early hours of the morning in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo 'spreading faster' – Red Cross

Apr 12, 2019 - 1:46 PM

The latest outbreak of the virus has killed more than 700 people

EBOLA IN CONGO. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, a health worker wears protective equipment as he looks on at Bikoro Hospital - the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo - on May 12, 2018, which has sealed off a ward to diagnose suspected Ebola patients and provide treatment. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Ebola toll tops 700 in DR Congo

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The current outbreak is the second worst to date

Ebola outbreak 'under control' in part of eastern DR Congo

Feb 21, 2019 - 7:02 AM

The health ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo says there are no new confirmed cases of Ebola in the Beni area for the past 21 days

QUARNTINE. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, Health workers work at an Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, after a one case of Ebola was confirmed in their village. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola death toll surges in DR Congo

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The rising death toll emphasizes the challenge of controlling the epidemic in the strife-torn east and is just one of a host of complex issues facing the new president

EPIDEMIC. An unconfirmed Ebola patient rests in the Ebola Treatment Center on August 15, 2018 in Beni. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

Patient in Sweden suspected with Ebola admitted to hospital

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:47 PM

A health official says the patient, who lives in Sweden, returned from a trip to Burundi 3 weeks ago but was not known to have visited an Ebola-contaminated area

A door of the hospital in Enköping, Sweden, is pictured on January 4, 2019, as it has received a case of suspected Ebola, according to health care officials. The patient was first admitted to hospital in Enkoping after being treated now in Uppsala University Hospital. The emergency room in Enkoping has now been closed, and staff who came in contact with the patient are being cared for, a statement said. Ebola is a highly infectious and potentially fatal disease. Fredrik SANDBERG / TT News Agency / AFP

Ebola prevention measures make 'positive impact' in DR Congo

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:40 PM

'The fact that we have so far prevented Ebola from spreading into neighboring countries is a testament to the hard work and determination of staff from all partners,' says a WHO official

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Aid groups halt Ebola work as Congo raid toll hits 21

Sep 24, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The latest violence, which sparks local anger, comes just 3 months before the Democratic Republic of Congo holds a fractious election to choose a successor to Joseph Kabila, the country's deeply-contested president

D.R. Congo rolls out prototype Ebola drugs as death toll rises to 67

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The health ministry says 4 other experimental drugs had been approved for treating infected patients

Ebola death toll in DR Congo rises to 55

Aug 21, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Government has decided to make treatment free in Beni, Mabalako-Mangina, and Oicha for 3 months starting August 20

PREVENTION. A Red Cross volunteer explains measures to prevent infection with Ebola to inhabitants, on August 17, 2018 in Butugo, western Uganda, near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Sumy Sadurni/AFP

Ebola deaths in DR Congo rises to 49 with 2,000 feared 'contacts'

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:03 PM

World Health Organization says it 'expects more cases'

New Ebola virus found in Sierra Leone

Jul 27, 2018 - 8:19 PM

It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus – which researchers say could be transmitted to humans – can develop into the deadly Ebola disease

SIERRA LEONE AND EBOLA. People walk under an Ebola's information board featuring Sierra Leone's president Ernest Bai Koroma on January 22, 2016 in a street of Freetown. File photo by Sia-Kambou/AFP

WHO chief says Ebola outbreak in DR Congo 'not over'

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:26 PM

'On the basis of statistics, we can say that the situation has stabilized but the war is not over, we must reinforce vigilance and surveillance,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the World Health Organization administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town hall of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign.  File photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

Ebola death toll in DR Congo rises to 27

Jun 06, 2018 - 10:37 PM

The current Ebola outbreak is still on a low scale compared with a 3-nation epidemic that occurred between 2013-15 but has stirred wide concern

QUARANTINE. Health workers operate within an Ebola safety zone in the Health Center in Iyonda, near Mbandaka, on June 1, 2018. Photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

5 new Ebola cases in DR Congo, says authorities

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:54 PM

DR Congo and the World Health Organization are rushing to contain the outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in recent weeks, with 25 dead

SAFETY ZONE. Health workers operate within an Ebola safety zone in the Health Center in Iyonda, near Mbandaka, on June 1, 2018. Photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

Superstition stopping Ebola victims from seeking medical care

May 23, 2018 - 5:49 PM

In Geneva, African health officials say they are preparing to send anthropologists to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help with an Ebola vaccination campaign

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the World Health Organization (WHO) prepare to administer vaccines at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign.  Photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

Death toll in DR Congo Ebola outbreak now at 27

May 22, 2018 - 10:42 PM

So far, there have been 51 cases since the outbreak was declared on May 8, says the DRC health ministry

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign.  Photo Junior Kannah/AFP

Ebola death toll hits 26 in DR Congo as vaccinations start

May 21, 2018 - 11:47 PM

Since the outbreak was announced on May 8, there have been 49 cases, comprising 22 confirmed by laboratory tests, 21 probable and six suspected, says the Congo health ministry

DR Congo reports 3 new Ebola cases

May 19, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The WHO has said the latest Ebola outbreak did not warrant being labelled an emergency of 'international concern', adding that Kinshasa's response along with its own has been 'rapid and comprehensive'

WHO says 'high risk' Ebola will spread in DR Congo

May 18, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Ebola is lethal and highly contagious, which makes it difficult to contain – especially in urban environments where people are mobile and come into more contact with others

QUARNTINE. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, Health workers work at an Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, after a one case of Ebola was confirmed in their village. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

WHO says Ebola outbreak has spread to a Congo city

May 17, 2018 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) The outbreak, publicly declared on May 8, had previously been reported in a rural area of Equateur that lies roughly 150 kilometers from the city

EBOLA IN CONGO. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, a health worker wears protective equipment as he looks on at Bikoro Hospital - the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo - on May 12, 2018, which has sealed off a ward to diagnose suspected Ebola patients and provide treatment. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

WHO reports new Ebola case in DR Congo, vaccine this week

May 14, 2018 - 7:10 AM

The World Health Organization is planning to begin a vaccination campaign in the area, near the border with the Republic of Congo, using an available stockpile of an experimental vaccine

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Researchers warn 'Ebola for plants' hitting Africa's cassava crop

Apr 13, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Africa is the world's largest producer of cassava, accounting for 57% of a crop that some 800 million people around the world rely on

'EBOLA FOR PLANTS.' People prepare large bags of cassava to be sold at Sao's market, a few kilometers from Bangui, in Central Africa on April 12, 2013. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

'Government has to treat HIV as national emergency' – RITM doctor

Jul 31, 2017 - 9:27 PM

AIDS experts and persons with HIV ask government to enforce the treat all policy and provide medication to patients regardless of their infection stage

TESTING FOR HIV. A lab technician prepares samples for HIV testing. Photo courtesy Diana Mendoza

Democratic Republic of Congo authorizes trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

May 29, 2017 - 9:45 PM

There is no licensed vaccine for the Ebola virus but the World Health Organization says a promising candidate vaccine exists and could be deployed within a matter of days if the DR Congo government gave its approval

Vaccine created to protect Ebola-ravaged chimps

Mar 09, 2017 - 11:34 PM

The vaccine is given orally the developers say which means it can be put into food bait and left out for the animals to eat easier and less traumatic than darting

EBOLA VACCINES FOR APES. This file photo taken on June 29, 2015 shows chimpanzees from Monkey Island, a celebrated colony of former research lab captives on an atoll deep in the jungle of southern Liberia. File photo by Zoom Dosso/ AFP

Ebola's long-term effects revealed

Jan 14, 2017 - 9:42 AM

The study also confirms previous observations that Ebola virus can remain in the semen of infected men for 18 months or longer raising the specter of sexual transmission

EBOLA. Members of a medical team monitor simulated patients infected with Ebola inside a Containerized Bio-Containment System (CBCS) during a shake-down exercise at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, outside Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. File photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP

Ebola vaccine may be 'up to 100% effective' – WHO

Dec 23, 2016 - 8:08 AM

If all goes well the vaccine could become available in 2018 under a fast track approval process

In this file photo, an adhesive bandage is placed on the arm of a volunteer after she was administered an experimental Ebola vaccine at Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, a suburb of Monrovia, on February 2, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Guinea launches infectious disease center to fight Ebola

Nov 12, 2016 - 8:38 AM

The new French funded Institut Pasteur in Conakry will conduct research train scientists and test for some of the world s deadliest diseases

West Africa marks end of recent Ebola outbreak

Jun 09, 2016 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED Liberia the worst hit country now enters a 90 day period of heightened surveillance for any new cases

epa05239933 A Liberian man pours sanitizer as part of measures to help curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, in downtown Monrovia, Liberia, 01 April 2016. According to meda reports on 01 April 2016, a Liberian woman has died of Ebola, despite the country having been declared Ebola-free by health officials. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO