The Ministry of Health MoH , WHO and partners continue to respond to an outbreak of Ebola virus disease EVD , despite persistent challenges around security and community mistrust impacting response measures. Relatively high numbers of cases were reported in recent weeks Figure 1 , mostly driven by the outbreak in Katwa Health Zone; the current focus of large scale response activities. Smaller clusters continue to be reported beyond Katwa Health Zone, including from Beni and Oicha; however, teams have quickly and systematically responded to these clusters to prevent onward transmission and guard against further geographical expansion of the outbreak. Teams are also working actively to strengthen community trust and participation in all affected areas. Thus far, people have been discharged from Ebola Treatment Centres ETCs and enrolled in a dedicated program for monitoring and supporting survivors. During the last 21 days 9 January — 29 January , new cases have been reported from 11 health zones Figure 2 , including: Katwa 80 , Beni 9 , Butembo 7 , Kayina 5 , Manguredjipa 4 , Oicha 4 , Biena 3 , Kyondo 2 , Musienene 2 , Komanda 1 and Vuhovi 1.
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By the end of , the three countries had reported a total of 20, cases 1. The outlook began to improve towards the end of Jan with less than confirmed new cases per week 2. In Liberia, there have been no reported cases during the first week of March,
MONROVIA, Liberia — A woman who tested positive for Ebola in Liberia last week is dating a survivor of the disease, a health official said Tuesday, offering a possible explanation for how she became the country’s first confirmed case in weeks. Ebola is typically transmitted through contact with the blood, vomit or feces of people who are sick. Survivors of Ebola are not generally considered contagious, but the virus lingers in semen, and so scientists urge survivors not to have sex for three months after recovering.
Even though sexual transmission of Ebola has not yet been documented, it may be possible. The evidence is limited, but research conducted over the years suggests Ebola can remain in a patient’s semen for up to 91 days — much longer than other bodily fluids — even after a patient has recovered and the virus is no longer detectable in a blood test. During an Ebola outbreak in , the virus was detected in 1 of 2 semen samples from sick patients and could still be found in testing done 40 days later.
In a case cited by the World Health Organization, a lab worker who contracted Ebola on the job was found to have traces of the virus in his semen 61 days after the initial infection. And in the longest known example, researchers say another patient’s semen still showed traces of the virus after 91 days. In the current Liberia case, samples have been taken from the boyfriend for testing, said Dr.
The woman tested positive for Ebola on Friday, and her case has caused concern because she didn’t seem to be linked to any of the people on an Ebola contacts list and said she did not travel to an infected country. The patient is now being treated at the Monrovia Medical Unit, a U.
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A new national curriculum for this target group is being implemented that is based upon classroom training approaches. In a country where many CHWs are remotely located, the use of technology can be an enabler to reach such individuals with key training content to repeat the most important messages. Training content was customized in line with the national training curriculum and case reporting requirements.
Some 14 months after the Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo, there are signs that the crisis may be winding.
An emergency hospital in Kansas during the influenza epidemic. National Museum of Health and Medicine. By Alan Cowell. LONDON — There are times when the planet resets its course with a cruelty that seems as capricious as it is implacable. It is not the first time. Calamities and the mass destruction of populations and lives stretch back to biblical times and on through the days of plague in medieval Europe. Wars, too, have brought a Darwinian pruning of entire societies. But, as these photographs show — and as the pre-photographic chronicles of history, faith and mythology confirm — the Earth and its people have long been prey to the invisible pathogens that bring their victims low with equal efficiency.
In the annals of conflict, dating to the Plague of Athens from to BC during the Peloponnesian War, disease molded national fates as much as — sometimes more than — competing armies. The fears from the latest pandemic are rooted deep in history. Plague in medieval Europe took millions of lives even at a time when globalization was in its infancy, slashing national and continental populations by staggering amounts in the midth century.
Phylodynamic assessment of intervention strategies for the West African Ebola virus outbreak
Child psychologist Georgette Constantinou shares these tips for parents who want to ease their children’s concerns about the Ebola virus :. Adapted from the Akron Children’s Hospital website. Listen to them and gauge what they are hearing and are worried about, and acknowledge their fears.
The MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories website contains information to assist in proper collection and submission of specimens. The site lists off-hours contact.
Cite This Article. No congenital anomalies were detected among 44 live-born infants examined. These data highlight the need for Ebola vaccination decisions to balance the possible risk for an adverse pregnancy outcome with the risk for Ebola exposure. The vaccine, a live-attenuated recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus rVSV vaccine, was found to be protective when used in a ring vaccination strategy in Guinea 2. This result spurred subsequent use of this vaccine under expanded use protocols as part of the public health response to Ebola outbreaks.
The vaccine received conditional marketing approval from the European Medicines Agency and World Health Organization prequalification in November 4. However, little information on the safety of the vaccine for pregnant women is available, making decisions about vaccination during pregnancy challenging. A phase 1 trial was paused because of concerns about postvaccination arthritis associated with dissemination of the vaccine rVSV into the joints, raising concerns that other adverse reactions could occur consequent to vaccine viremia 7 — 9.
We have previously reported preliminary analysis of pregnancy outcomes 10 ; we now report a more detailed analysis. Figure 1.
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Over 11, cases of Ebola were registered across Guinea, Liberia and the district of Bo as the pilot site to test MOTS with local CHWs (Figure 4). even to the most remote locations and reports dating from show that.
Please refresh the page and retry. S ome 14 months after the Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo, there are signs that the crisis may be winding down. Despite effective vaccines and experimental treatments , the epidemic is now the second largest in history — 3, people have so far been infected and more than 2, have died, including health workers. Efforts to contain the crisis have continually been hampered by mistrust and violence. North Kivu and Ituri, the regions at the heart of the crisis, are largely forgotten corners of the DRC, some 1, miles from the capital city, Kinshasa.
Both have been torn by conflict for almost 25 years. At the peak of the crisis in April, the WHO reported some infections of the highly contagious hemorrhagic fever a week — in the last seven days there were just A nd the number of deaths has fallen from a high of almost to just 10, while more than 1, people have now survived the disease. T he organisation added that the proportion of people dying outside of Ebola Treatment Centres has risen from 14 per cent to 27 per cent, meaning fewer people are seeking care.
And there has been a drop in the number of new infections in people who had been listed as contacts of existing patients, from 57 per cent of new cases to just 13 per cent. Gillian Mckay, an Ebola expert from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said this might also mean that there are new Ebola cases that are not being recorded. M rs McKay added that the epidemiological curve the bar chart mapping case numbers was encouraging, and suggested that changes in the Ebola response had been effective.
The response shifted to look beyond Ebola itself, at the humanitarian crisis in the region, and to tackle these issues too.
The faith leaders and religious actors played a key role in the response to the epidemic. This article draws on anthropological field work conducted during the West African Ebola outbreak and reports of the ongoing Covid crisis to discuss the role played by religion in infectious disease control. While much separates Ebola and Covid, the religious practices prevalent in both contexts produce similar challenges to hospital staff and caregivers.
In the second part, this article turns to the Covid pandemic to show how religious communities have responded to the risks associated with many religious practices, and how the WHO, drawing on its experience with Ebola, developed comparable guidelines aimed at religious leaders and faith communities. As the experience in West Africa has shown, it is argued, the active involvement of religious actors in the formulation of public health measures may not only help to provide safe comfort in the midst of a profoundly alienating experience, but significantly reduce the spread of the virus.
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In , Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone experienced an unprecedented Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak. By the end of , the three.
Please refresh the page and retry. W hen I walked through an Ebola treatment centre in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC , year old Mumbere Kalegha pressed a paper to the glass that separated us and isolated him as he recovered from the virus. I danced with four adult recent survivors shortly afterward in a rare moment of celebration.
But what about measles? Is he one of them? S ince June, when the government declared the measles outbreak, emergency vaccination campaigns have reached more than 3. A nother emergency campaign, one supported by the World Health Organization WHO , begins on September 18 for 24 additional health zones that need it. Vaccines previously secured for supplemental campaigns planned long ago are now being fast-tracked for this October and November and January What scares me is the number of deaths from measles, at more than 3,, now exceeds the deaths from Ebola.
Nearly all of them are children. I want to talk with those children, as I did with Mumbere, and their parents. And yet, I already know. We all know. Far too many children in Africa are still not accessing the vaccines they need.
Is Congo’s 14 month Ebola outbreak finally nearing an end?
BEN SPENCER: Russia has a proud history of scientific achievements – it sent the first human into space and for decades led the world in the fields of engineering, mathematics and physics. It also has a strong track record in producing vaccines, notably for Ebola and yellow fever. But it is hard to judge the safety and efficacy of the vaccine because very little information has been made available about it. While teams working on vaccines in the UK, US and China have published detailed results, Russia’s team has given little away.
Pictured right: an employee working with a coronavirus vaccine at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology. Yet Tuesday he said antibody tests were negative.
The first training session on infection with the Ebola virus, held in Dakar, Our organization has a longstanding commitment to West Africa dating back a decade.
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It was pm when my phone rang that night of May Tajudeen Oyewale – on the screen, it can only be a disaster. Indeed, this is one: Ebola. One more for the DRC which is already fighting on several other fronts in May the Greater Kasai, a wild poliovirus epidemic derived from the vaccine, internally displaced persons, persistent insecurity in the East, refugees from neighboring countries such as Central African Republic and South Sudan, the tense internal political situation … and now Ebola in Likati!
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Public health authorities have adopted entry screening and subsequent restrictions on travelers from Ebola-affected West African countries as a strategy to prevent importation of Ebola virus disease EVD cases. We analyzed international, federal, and state policies—principally based on the policy documents themselves and media reports—to evaluate policy variability. We employed means-ends fit analysis to elucidate policy objectives.
Observed differences likely partially resulted from different actors having different policy goals—particularly the federal government having to balance foreign policy objectives less salient to states. Further, some state-level variation appears to be motivated by short-term political goals. We propose recommendations to improve future policies, which include the following: 1 actors should explicitly clarify their objectives, 2 legal authority should be modernized and clarified, and 3 the federal government should consider preempting state approaches that imperil its goals.