COVID-19 and Ebola Burden in DRC

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“This is a reminder that COVID-19 is not the only health threat people face,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organisation(WHO) Director-General in a statement. “Although much of our attention is on the pandemic, WHO is continuing to monitor and respond to many other health emergencies.”

His remarks come just the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC) announced that a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease is occurring in Wangata health zone, Mbandaka, in Équateur province.

 The announcement comes as a long, difficult and complex Ebola outbreak in eastern DRC is in its final phase, while the country also battles COVID-19 and the world’s largest measles outbreak.

According to the WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard, the DRC had 3,194 confirmed cases and 71 deaths as of June,2 2020.

Earlier, in January 2020, the WHO announced that the death toll from the worst measles epidemic in the DRC  had  surpassed 6000, with the agency calling for more funding to stop the outbreak.

The current Ebola outbreak is the DRC’s 11th outbreak since the virus was first discovered in the country in 1976.

“The new Ebola outbreak in Mbandaka DRC represents a challenge, but it’s one we are ready to tackle,” Dr. Moeti Matshidiso, the WHO Regional Director for Africa  said in a tweet

Details: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/01-06-2020-new-ebola-outbreak-detected-in-northwest-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-who-surge-team-supporting-the-response

Compiled by Carol Natukunda

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