Ebola outbreak in DR Congo now second worst in history

Ebola outbreak kills 19 under one week in DR Congo

The WHO is warning health officials in adjacent countries that the North Kivu outbreak, which is taking place in a war zone, is likely to continue for months.

This put the total cases over the 2000 Uganda outbreak (425) to become the second largest Ebola outbreak since it was "discovered" in 1976, only behind the 2014-2016 West Africa outbreak where 28,000 people were infected and some 11,000 died. Al Jazeera reported that "attacks by rebel groups and open hostility by some wary locals have posed serious challenges to health workers".

'While our focus remains on bringing this outbreak to an end, the launch of the randomised control trial is an important step toward finally finding an Ebola treatment that will save lives, ' said World Health Organization director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

At least 245 people have died from the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo in recent weeks, the country's health ministry said Thursday, making it the second-deadliest outbreak of the disease in history.

Insecurity in the east of the country has affected the Ebola response. The CDC supports the expertise of the State Department and Department of Defense "in determining locations where it is safe to position our staff".

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This clinical trial is the first-ever multi-drug trial for an Ebola treatment.

Many venture out on critical virus containment missions only accompanied by United Nations peacekeepers in areas where gunfire echoes daily. The conflict slows healthcare workers' attempts to fight the virus. Her colleague Dr. Mesfin Teklu Tessema, the IRC's senior health director, was among the more than two dozen people who signed the statement published in JAMA on Thursday.

"It will make things a lot easier if malaria is taken out of the equation", Stefan Hoyer of the World Health Organization said by phone from Beni, epicentre of the Ebola outbreak. The U.S. sent thousands of responders to West Africa from the CDC and other government agencies, including the military.

Because the data collected in the North Kivu epidemic is unlikely to be sufficient for a complete study, the country's health ministry said the clinical trial may extend over a five-year period to cover Ebola outbreaks in other countries. "If want to see the end of this, we do need all critical actors on the ground".

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