Category Archives: Ebola

Reports add to findings of Ebola, Zika impacts

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Two years after recognition of the dangers posed by Zika virus infection during pregnancy, and two years after the waning days of the most devastating Ebola outbreak yet seen, new findings about the impacts of the diseases continue to emerge. Four newborns with paralyzed chest muscles and twisted joints as well as microcephaly, and lab […]

Report finds responsive research, innovative technology, training critical to controlling DRC Ebola outbreak

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Potential for spread, effective intervention highlighted importance of building local capacities The Democratic Republic of Congo had experienced eight previous Ebola virus outbreaks when the most recent emergence of the disease was confirmed there in early May, and hard-earned lessons from the past supplied much of the knowledge that drove the swift response that followed. […]

Health information system strengthening supports DRC government Ebola response

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The following is a guest post by Olivier Kakesa, MPH, of MEASURE Evaluation The Democratic Republic of Congo government’s response to the outbreak of Ebola in the country’s northwest Bikoro, Equatuer province includes mobilization of national epidemiological experts and local health staff to deal with the outbreak, vaccinating key personnel — such as health workers […]

DRC Ebola outbreak not a PHEIC, but challenges, risks remain daunting, requiring investments

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A World Health Organization-convened committee examining the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo concluded today that the current conditions of the outbreak do not constitute an international health emergency, but do continue to pose significant challenges that could warrant revisiting the question. WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus called for the committee to weigh […]

White House rescission proposal, House resolution highlight disconnect between federal priorities, global realities

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On Tuesday, as the World Health Organization announced that Ebola had broken out in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the second time in a year, and the ninth time since the discovery of the disease there in the late 1970s, the White House released one more proposal to to cut funding for global and […]

Democratic Republic of Congo declares Ebola outbreak after two confirmed cases

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Laboratory confirmation of two cases of Ebola in Bikoro, a lakeside market town in the northwestern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo has prompted government health officials there to declare an outbreak of the virus, the World Health Organization announced today. WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières, and provincial health officials have sent teams to the […]

Ebola study in Sierra Leone community finds a third of households with an infected member saw transmissions to others

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With transmissions between family members accounting for most infections during the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak, the virus spread to other members in one out of three households that was home to an infected person, a study in one Sierra Leone community found. In half of those households experiencing transmissions, the initial case led to […]

Ebola survivor study finds evidence of virus in semen more than two years after illness

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Prolonged persistence of virus has personal, public health, research implications A Liberia-based study published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases has found evidence of Ebola in the semen of 11 of 137 Ebola survivors who donated samples more than two years after the onset of their illness. The study followed 149 survivors of the 2013 – […]