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"DRC Ebola News (9/9/19)." CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 09, 2019. Accessed September 16, 2019. https://healthsecurity.csis.org/articles/drc-ebola-news-9-9-19/

Daily update for September 9th, 2019 on the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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There were 2 new cases as of September 8th.

Hotspots such as Beni Health Zone show signs of easing. The limited access and insecurity in the emerging clusters within Kalunguta, Mandima, and Mambasa health zones have hindered response activities.

To prevent the spread of in health facilities, the DRC Ministry of Health launched a guideline and training package that targets at least 3,000 health care workers.

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DRC MoH Statistics/WHO AFRO Dashboard (as of September 8)

WHO AFRO Dashboard

Total cases: 3,081

  • Confirmed cases: 2,970
  • Probable cases: 111
  • Suspected cases: 403

Deaths: 2,064

Vaccinated: 215,776

WHO and partners to help the Government boost health facility defences against Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

WHO AFRO

9/6/19

With the current attention on how health facilities with Ebola-specific response units continue the spread of the virus, the DRC government is intent on covering all weak points. Infection prevention staff training is ongoing, using standard guidelines recently revised by a team of technical specialists from the Health Ministry, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 18% of the total cases registered in late August were hospital-acquired infections. At least 155 health care workers have been infected with the Ebola virus disease since the beginning of this tenth outbreak. WHO is supporting the DRC health ministry in boosting infection prevention and hygiene training with funding from USAID, UK DFID, and the World Bank. The training package integrates measures related to water management, sanitation and hygiene. The guidelines and training package will be rolled out over the next three months.

Twitter

Tweet by WFP_Africa– 9/8/19

@WFP_Africa

✈️ Busy day at the Béni airport in #DRCongo! As part of the #Ebola response team, @WFP provides logistics support to by transporting aid workers 👨🏾‍⚕️👩🏾‍⚕️ and medical supplies 💉💊 and necessary equipment to affected areas. #DRC @WFP_UNHAS

Tweet by WHO African Region– 9/6/19

@WHOAFRO

No #Ebola cases have been recorded in #Tanzania but many communities in Kigoma Region face the threat of importation due to cross-border movements for trade. @WHO & partners supported the 🇹🇿MOH to carry out simulation drills across at-risk regions. ➡️https://bit.ly/2m1Ufqj

Tweet by Africa CDC– 9/6/19

@AfricaCDC

Interviews continue in #Kinshasa #DRCongo today by @_AfricanUnion and @AfricaCDC team to recruit more volunteers for the #Ebola virus disease outbreak response.

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