GOMA- The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’S North Kivu district continues to grow, amid new healthcare worker infections and concerns that regional violence is making surveillance and detection challenging for international aid workers.
According to an update figures from DRC’s healthy ministry, Ebola cases now total 96 (5 new cases), with 69 confirmed. In addition, 55 people have died. The 5 new cases and 5 newly recorded deaths are all in Mabalako health zone.
Nyonyi Bwanakawa, the Mayor of Beni territory where the deadly disease has hit mostly told irwanda24 the situation was worrying but government was doing all it can to contain it.
Vaccination efforts continue in Mabalako, Beni, and Mangina health zones, the epicenters of the outbreak, and the DRC said a new Ebola treatment center (ETC) will soon open in Ituri province, as the established ETCs in the region are at capacity.
Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesperson with the World Health Organization (WHO), told CIDRAP News that 13 healthcare workers have tested positive for Ebola, a troubling development, because infected health workers were one of the main factors in the rapid spread of the disease during the 2013-2016 outbreak in West Africa.
Jasarevic also commented on a recent UNICEF report that said children were being infected at high rates during this outbreak.
“The case distribution is slightly younger than what we might expect when compared to previous outbreaks, but still within the general range; each outbreak is different,” he said.