Two New Ebola Outbreaks
Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea
Just a few months after declaring the end of the last outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), they have confirmed four new cases of Ebola. On February 7th the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of Ebola (WHO). An Ebola vaccination campaign has begun in Butembo, in eastern DRC, according to the WHO.
Separately, the West African country of Guinea declared a new Ebola outbreak on Sunday, with seven confirmed cases and three deaths. This is the first time the disease has been reported in Guinea since the 2013-2016 outbreak in West Africa; the largest Ebola outbreak in history, which claimed over 11,000 lives. “It’s a huge concern to see the resurgence of Ebola in Guinea, a country which has already suffered so much from the disease”, said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.
Support for both regions is being mobilized by the World Health Organization and partner organizations.
The National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) was stood up in the wake of the 2013-16 Ebola Epidemic, which highlighted the need for rapid response and dissemination of information during an outbreak. NETEC remains prepared to support the global response to Ebola.
Specific for the current situation, NETEC has collected some essential Ebola-related resources on this page. Additionally, healthcare and public health professionals can submit a question to one of NETEC’s many experts via the web portal or by emailing email@example.com.