Ebola and measles in DR Congo

4 May, 2019

In a message on HIFA yesterday I mistakenly wrote that the current Ebola outbreak 'has now claimed nearly 1500 lives'. The correct number is 'more than 1000 lives' as shown in the BBC report, which also notes an even higher death toll from an ongoing measles outbreak.

DR Congo Ebola deaths pass 1,000


3 May 2019


The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is already the second deadliest in history. The death toll from the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has passed 1,000, the health ministry says...

World Health Organization deputy director Dr Michael Ryan said mistrust and violence was harming efforts to tackle the disease as it spread through the east of the country.

There have been 119 documented attacks on medical centres and staff since January, Dr Ryan said.

WHO staff anticipated "continued intense transmission", he added, in a briefing to reporters in Geneva... "We still face major issues of community acceptance and trust," he said...

The DRC is also suffering from an outbreak of measles which has killed more than 1,000 people, with 50,000 cases reported. WHO staff have confirmed measles in 14 of the country's 26 provinces, in both rural and urban areas...

Best wishes, Neil

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