The outbreak of Ebola virus in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to develop in an unforgiving context, said the World Health Organization (WHO).
The eastern part of the DRC, where the Ebola outbreak is the 2nd deadliest in history, continues to report new cases every week.
Since the beginning of the epidemic on August 1, the cumulative number of cases has reached 585, of which 537 have been confirmed and 48 are possible, on December 26, 2018.
In total, there were 356 deaths (308 confirmed and 48 possible) and 201 people recovered.
Unfortunately, crime and civil unrest in the DRC disrupted relief efforts.
In response to this risky situation, the CDC issued a new Level 3 Travel Advisor, Considering Travel, for the DRC on December 15.
This advisor said the government of the US government has limited capacity to provide emergency services to US citizens outside Kinshasa because of the very limited infrastructure and poor security conditions, especially in the eastern DRC and Kasais. & # 39;
And, according to & # 39; Doctors Without Borders & # 39; the city of Butembo with more than 1 million residents, now reports the case of the Ebola virus.
However, population mobility has resulted in the emergence of groups in new areas and in reintroduction events in areas where the outbreak had previously been controlled.
There are preparations for the new vaccination ring that will be placed in Kinshasa around the Katwa Health Zone.
But there is good news.
This Ebola outbreak has 4 Ebola vaccines that are very effective and are being investigated.
On December 22, 2018, the cumulative number of people vaccinated has reached 51,678.
And, the continued decline in the incidence of Ebola cases in Beni province is a promising sign that these control measures, along with newer therapeutic vaccines, are working, WHO said.
Ebola is a rare and deadly disease that is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of someone infected with the Ebola virus. It also spreads through contact with contaminated objects or infected animals, the CDC said.
If you plan to visit the DRC, the CDC says to check vaccines and medications you need at least 4-6 weeks before your trip.
In the US, local pharmacies offer international travel counseling sessions, which can be scheduled at Vax-Before-Travel.