News: Ebola in DRC

North Kivu Goma Congo DRC

HEALTH CRISES: In case you do not know, there is an outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 


A suspected case in Goma (the capital of North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo) has tested negative for the virus. There is one newly confirmed case, however in Mabalaka, as well as two new fatalities in probable cases in Beni.

Meanwhile,  the outbreak totals now stand at 115 cases, 85 of them confirmed, 30 probable. This is  according to an update from the DRC ministry of health. 77 people have died. One person has recovered from his or her illness.

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Currently, 10 cases remain under investigation, but one of two suspected cases announced yesterday in Goma has been ruled out.

Goma is the capital of North Kivu province, and is near the border with Rwanda. A confirmed case there would increase the risk of the virus spreading internationally.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), 19 patients have received experimental Ebola treatments, including mAb114, ZMapp, and remdesivir.

Two of those patients have recovered and been discharged, 16 are currently receiving treatment, and 1 person has died.

This is the first outbreak in which Ebola treatments have been used.

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Keanis Jay

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