Congo Ebola outbreak becomes second-worst in history, IRC says

Congo Ebola outbreak becomes second-worst in history, IRC says

Ebola is said to be more prominent in North Kivu and Ituri provinces where attacks by armed groups and community resistance to health officials have hampered the response, IRC said in a statement.

245 deaths (198 confirmed and 47 probable) have been recorded to date.

"It is in USA national interests to control outbreaks before they escalate into a crisis", one group of global health experts wrote in a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

A separate statement in the New England Journal of Medicine said: "Given the worsening of the outbreak, we believe it's essential that these security concerns be addressed and that CDC staff return to the field".

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In a situation report released Wednesday, WHO said it is "confident that the outbreak can be contained despite ongoing challenges".

Malaria can normally be diagnosed with a rapid blood test, but the risk of Ebola transmission means health workers have to rely on an assessment of symptoms, he said. The CDC supports the expertise of the State Department and Department of Defense "in determining locations where it is safe to position our staff".

To increase awareness amongst citizens of the U.S., on October 19th, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) upgraded its Travel Alert rating to Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions, regarding the Ebola outbreak in Africa. Many venture out on critical virus containment missions only accompanied by United Nations peacekeepers in areas where gunfire echoes daily.

It will form part of a multi-outbreak, multi-country study that was agreed to by partners last month under a World Health Organization initiative.

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Earlier this month, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield suggested that one option is to "move into the idea that this becomes more of an endemic Ebola outbreak in this region". The trial is the first-ever multi drug trial for treatment of Ebola.

World Health Organization said there was a high risk of the outbreak spreading to other provinces in the DRC and other countries. More than 37,000 people have been vaccinated for the disease in the outbreak zone since August 8, according to the health ministry's daily bulletin on Thursday.

Ebola caused global alarm in 2014 when the world's worst outbreak began in West Africa, killing more than 11,300 people and infecting an estimated 28,600 as it swept through Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. "Yes we need to see more funds and resources mobilized, but also address the impacts of the protracted conflict".

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