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Democratic Republic of the Congo Kicks Off Ebola Vaccination

Around 200 doses of the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine have been shipped to Mbandaka from the eastern city of Goma

The Democratic Republic of the Congo today kicked off Ebola vaccination in Mbandaka, the capital city of Equateur Province in the north-west, to halt the spread of the virus following an outbreak which has claimed two lives since 21 April. Around 200 doses of the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine have been…

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Democratic Republic of Congo declares new Ebola outbreak in north-western province

The current outbreak is the sixth since 2018 alone – the most frequent occurrence in the country’s Ebola history

The health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo today declared an outbreak of Ebola after a case was confirmed in Mbandaka, a city in the north-western Equateur Province. This is the third outbreak in the province since 2018. So far, just one case has been confirmed. The patient,…

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Coronavirus – DRC: Rallying to combat COVID-19 rumours in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

WHO has worked with the Ministry of Health to establish a rumour alert and refutation system

It can be hard to tease apart fact from falsehood amid the distorted, oft-repeated COVID-19 stories. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a network of myth busters is on constant watch, tracking and addressing misinformation thanks to government efforts with support from World Health Organization (WHO) and partner organizations.…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo declares Ebola outbreak over

No new cases were reported at the end of a 42-day countdown

The Ebola outbreak that erupted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu Province in October – the second in 2021 – was today declared over, the national health authorities announced after no new cases were reported at the end of a 42-day countdown, or two incubation periods after…

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New Ebola case in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s 10th Ebola outbreak which lasted for nearly two years was the second largest in the world

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo today announced that a new case of Ebola has been detected in the health zone of Butsili in North Kivu Province, where a previous outbreak was declared over 3 May 2021. The Goma branch of the National Institute of…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo declares meningitis outbreak in north-eastern province

More than 100 patients are already receiving treatment at home and in health centres in Banalia

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has declared an outbreak of meningitis in the north-eastern Tshopo Province where 261 suspected cases and 129 deaths—a high case fatality ratio of 50%—have been reported. Confirmatory tests carried out by the Institut Pasteur in Paris detected Neisseria meningitidis – one of the most…

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Cote d'Ivoire declares first Ebola outbreak in more than 25 years

While countries are focused on the COVID-19 response, they should strengthen their preparedness for potential Ebola cases

The Ministry of Health of Cote d’Ivoire today confirmed the country’s first case of Ebola since 1994. This came after the Institut Pasteur in Cote d’Ivoire confirmed the Ebola Virus Disease in samples collected from a patient, who was hospitalized in the commercial capital of Abidjan, after arriving from Guinea.…

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Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo declared over

This outbreak is the country’s fourth in less than three years

Today marks the end of the 12th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, just three months after the first case was reported in North Kivu. The Ebola outbreak that re-emerged in February came nine months after another outbreak in the same province was declared over. The World…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo to vaccinate over 16 million people against yellow fever

The vaccination campaign is part of a comprehensive strategy to eliminate yellow fever epidemics (EYE) globally by 2026

The Democratic Republic of the Congo today launched a preventive yellow fever vaccination campaign targeting more than 16.3 million people – the first such drive against the disease in Africa in 2021. The campaign – being carried out in seven of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s 26 provinces among…

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WHO steps up efforts to curb Ebola outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

More than 100 WHO staff, deployed from other countries and from within Guinea, are expected to be part of the Ebola response by the end of February

With efforts gathering pace to promptly tackle the new Ebola outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) is deploying teams of experts to support the national authorities ramp up the response and avert widespread infections. Health authorities in Guinea declared an…