The World Health Organisation on Friday gave the latest updates on the current situation of the deadly Ebola viral outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In their report, a total of 78 cases have been received, 51 of the cases received are Ebola confirmed and 27 are probable. 44 of the total cases received are confirmed dead. The outbreak is in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the DRC. 10 healthcare workers have become infected with the disease. 9 out of the 10 cases are confirmed with one death.
“These health care workers were likely exposed in clinics, not Ebola treatment centres (ETCs), many of which may have been infected before the declaration of the outbreak,” according to a statement from WHO.”
The affected province in the DRC share borders with Uganda and Rwanda which are densely populated. Conflicts and violence in these areas poses security concerns for health workers working to contain the spread.
The viral hemorrhagic fever is transmitted from person to person by infected bodily fluids such as blood, saliva, feces and breast milk. It is highly infectious but not highly contagious.
Vaccination has begun in North Kivu province among health care workers and some residents.
The World Health Organisation is working tirelessly to increase awareness of Ebola among health care providers. The agency also aim to strengthen the infection prevention and control protocol measure.