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"DRC Ebola News (10/23/19)." CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, October 23, 2019. Accessed November 18, 2019. https://healthsecurity.csis.org/articles/drc-ebola-news-10-23-19/

Daily update for October 23rd, 2019 on the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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There were 2 new cases reported on October 22nd.

21 new cases were reported from five health zones last week, especially in the Biakato Mine area, Mandima (Ituri), which makes up 76% of recent cases.

DRC and its 9 neighboring countries gathered in Goma on Monday to discuss the coordination framework of the intervention and the ongoing outbreak.

In Congo, an Ebola survivor with a motorbike helps ease fear

DRC MoH Statistics/WHO AFRO Dashboard (as of October 22)

WHO AFRO Dashboard

Total cases: 3,250

  • Confirmed cases: 3,133
  • Probable cases: 117
  • Suspected cases: 441

Deaths: 2,169

Vaccinated: 241,253

WHO External Situation Report 64

WHO AFRO

10/22/19

The deployment of additional support to the Biakato Mine Health Area has led to improvements in response efforts. The proportion of confirmed cases listed as contacts has increased in the past week from 13% to 57%. In the 21 days, the number of affected health areas has decreased, with 20 health areas and nine health zones reporting new cases. Improvements in response indicators in the past week are encouraging. However, substantive rates of transmission remain in Mandima Health Zone, with smaller clusters elsewhere, which require a concerted effort from all response teams and international partners to control. On 18 October, it was the view of the convened IHR Emergency Committee that the outbreak still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

DRC Ebola: A special coordination team on the virus will be created and hosted at the secretariat of the African Union

Provinces 26 RDC via H5N1

10/23/19

The countries decided to create a special team of Coordination for Africa on the Ebola Virus (AFECT), which will be housed at the secretariat of the African Union in Addis Ababa, led by the DRC and 9 other Member States, with the support of the African CDC, WHO, and other relevant partners. “The African Union is moving towards the implementation of the 2063 Action Plan, which aspires to the political and economic integration of Africa, including the free movement of people across the continent. A multi-country effort to prepare for and respond to Ebola outbreaks will be a good example of how we use our collective capacities in this regard,” said Elfadil Mohammed, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs.

Twitter

Tweet by UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office– 10/23/19

@MPTFOffice

Final report out! The Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund provided a fast, collaborative and flexible financial mechanism to meet unfunded needs on the ground in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone during the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak. Results: http://bit.ly/2MqPUJk

Tweet by Helen Branswell– 10/22/19

@HelenBranswell

6. Another health worker has been infected with #Ebola. DRC hasn’t announced it but I think it was one of Sunday’s cases, a young man at Biakato Mines. He is alive. He was vaccinated but only a few days before falling ill. So far 163 health workers have been infected.

Tweet by WHO Uganda– 10/22/19

@WHOUganda

Ten African countries-endorse cross-border collaboration framework on #Ebola outbreak preparedness and response https://bit.ly/2BzQXPr

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