"DRC Ebola News (9/17/19)." CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 17, 2019. Accessed June 12, 2020.

Daily update for September 17th, 2019 on the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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On a positive note, there was just 1 new case recorded on September 16th.

Health experts remain cautious of concluding that the drop in cases is a sign that the outbreak is coming under control.

US health officials called on Tanzania to ensure transparency and share lab results after a patient died after experiencing Ebola-like symptoms.

Student researchers at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics produced new research aimed at improving diagnostics and operations during Ebola outbreaks.

As Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Drags On, Untracked Cases Sow Confusion

DRC MoH Statistics/WHO AFRO Dashboard (as of September 16)

WHO AFRO Dashboard

Total cases: 3,130

  • Confirmed cases: 3,019
  • Probable cases: 111
  • Suspected cases: 402

Deaths: 2,096

Vaccinated: 222,128

US urges transparency in Ebola-like death in Tanzania

Washington Post


Alex Azar, speaking in Uganda, told reporters that he and others are “very concerned” and urged Tanzania’s government to share laboratory results regarding the case. WHO, in a statement last week, noted a rumor regarding a death in Tanzania from an unknown illness and sent a technical team to investigate “as a matter of urgency.” The patient, a 34-year-old woman, died on Sept. 8 and was buried the same day. It was not clear where she died. The victim most recently was a student in central Uganda, before returning to Tanzania on Aug. 22; no case of Ebola has been reported in Uganda’s central region. Tanzania’s government said there is no confirmed case of Ebola in the country; no confirmed Ebola case has ever been recorded there.

Uninfected patients key to improving Ebola response

MIT News


Current forecasting of Ebola resources is based on unreliable numbers from previous outbreaks and focus on predicting the infected population. But the researchers found that up to 88% of service capacity was consumed by Ebola-negative patients, suggesting an urgent need for speedier diagnostics that can free up beds and resources. This exploratory research stresses the need for improved forecasting of the Ebola-negative population, particularly for outbreaks in densely populated regions.


Tweet by Helen Branswell– 9/17/19


When will there be a licensed #Ebola vaccine? Perhaps by the end of Q1 2020. #Merck announced @US_FDA has accepted its full dossier (ie the rolling application is complete) & has granted V920 a priority review. FDA is to rule by March 14, 2020. This is the vaccine in use in DRC.

Tweet by Amy Maxmen– 9/17/19


This quote by @DrTedros is spot-on & similar to the closing quote in a story I wrote during the 2015 #Ebola crisis. “Ebola is only the symptom, the disease is weak institutions,” @OBSisay said. “If we have a flood or a tsunami, it will reveal all the same things.”

Tweet by UNICEF– 9/17/19


It’s no exaggeration to say Jean-Pierre is saving lives with his megaphone. In DR Congo, fearless colleagues like him are helping prevent the spread of Ebola.

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