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"DRC Ebola News (6/24/19)." CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 24, 2019. Accessed December 05, 2019. https://healthsecurity.csis.org/articles/drc-ebola-news-6-24-19/

Daily update for June 24th, 2019 on the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

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There were 13 new Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as of June 23rd, 2019.

In a video where recommends seeking treatment, following safe burial procedures, and accepting vaccines if offered, Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo has partnered with U.S. officials to fight the Ebola outbreak.

A driver working with an Ebola response team is in critical condition after angry crowds hurled rocks at him and set his vehicle on fire.

The doctor who beat Ebola — and inspires other survivors to care for the sick

WHO AFRO Dashboard/DRC MoH Stats

DRC MoH Statistics

Total cases in DRC: 2,239

  • Confirmed cases: 2,145
  • Probable cases: 94
  • Suspected cases: 276

Confirmed deaths in DRC: 1,506

Vaccinated in DRC: 140,915

US officials have former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo record Ebola messages

Hill

By Chris Mills Rodrigo, 6/24/19

“I am speaking with you today because I care deeply about our country, and I need your help to stop the Ebola outbreak in the north part of the country. Ebola is real. The current outbreak is the country’s largest ever,” Mutombo, who is from the DRC, says in a video posted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mutombo moved to the U.S. in the 1980s to pursue a medical degree at Georgetown University. He told The Associated Press that he understands where distrust of Western medical help comes from. “Someone who doesn’t look like you, who doesn’t think like you, who is not from your village, who is from other places, just walk to your village with a nice beautiful white truck and telling you … ‘inject this chemical into your body to protect you from this deadly virus.’ That’s where there’s a fight. This is where we’re having a conflict,” he said. “I believe as a son of Congo, I think my voice can be heard. Because everyone in the country knows my commitment to the humanity and the health.”

Driver With Ebola Team Severely Injured by Mob

New York Times

By The Associated Press, 6/24/19

Today’s attack in Beni is the latest against health workers trying to combat the virus that has killed more than 1,500 people in eastern Congo since the outbreak began last August. Col. Safari Kazingufu told The Associated Press that authorities were working to find the attackers and to protect the health teams out in the field. The current response efforts to the outbreak have been severely hindered by community mistrust and fear.

Twitter

Tweet by Helen Branswell

@HelenBranswell

Violence in Beni today directed at the #Ebola responders. Activities reportedly suspended for the safety of the response teams. Stay safe.

Tweet by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

@DrTedros

Huge thanks to the people of Australia, China, Germany, Norway, Republic of Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States for supporting @WHO in the @MinSanteRDC-led #Ebola response in #DRC. Solidarity is the way to keep the world safe.

Tweet by WHO African Region

@WHOAFRO

For Dr. Ramses Kalumbi, head of the @WHO + @MinSanteRDC #Ebola surveillance team in Goma, winning hearts and minds in the face of misinformation and unfounded rumours is a daily task. How they do it 👉🏾http://ow.ly/Kz7O50uLhBN via @OMSRDCONGO

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