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Ebola Response Priorities in the Time of Covid-19

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Title

Ebola Response Priorities in the Time of Covid-19

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On April 10, 2020, a total of 53 days after the last patient with Ebola virus disease (EVD) had been isolated and more than 23 months since the start of the 10th EVD outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a new confirmed case was reported in the Beni health zone. This case, and the six that followed, brought the total to 3462 cases — the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history. Although the outbreak was declared over on June 25, 2020, additional cases attributable to persistently infected survivors may occur. Therefore, surveillance and rapid-response capacity should be maintained, not only for a duration equivalent to two incubation periods (42 days) after the last confirmed case tested negative, but also for at least 90 additional days of enhanced surveillance.

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2020-09-24

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Christie, Athalia, John C. Neatherlin, Stuart T. Nichol, Michael Beach, and Robert R. Redfield. 2020. "Ebola Response Priorities in the Time of Covid-19." New England Journal of Medicine 383 (13):1202-4.

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