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Death Toll From New DRC Ebola Outbreak Estimated At 33 With 43 Total Confirmed, Probable Cases; Vaccination To Begin This Week

Agence France-Presse: Ebola outbreak in DR Congo believed to have killed 33: health ministry
“A new outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have killed 33 people in the east of the country, the health ministry said Saturday. Thirteen Ebola cases have been confirmed since the fresh outbreak was declared on August 1 in North Kivu province. While just three of the fatalities have been among the 13 confirmed cases, the death toll is believed to have risen to 33, the health authorities said in a bulletin Saturday…” (8/4).

Al Jazeera: DRC: New Ebola deaths confirmed, dozens believed infected
“…Thirteen cases of the virus were confirmed across northeastern North Kivu province and neighboring Ituri province, DRC’s health minister said in a statement on Saturday, with another 30 ‘probable’ cases registered…” (8/5).

The Hill: Health authorities face fight against Ebola ‘in a war zone’
“…[C]ontaining a viral outbreak in North Kivu presents health care workers with an unprecedented challenge because of the threat of violence between warring ethnic groups. The health care workers who flood into North Kivu will find themselves ‘in a war zone,’ said Peter Salama, the World Health Organization’s deputy director general of emergency preparedness and response…” (Wilson, 8/4).

Reuters: Ebola vaccinations in eastern Congo due to begin on Wednesday
“Vaccinations against a new outbreak of Ebola virus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are due to begin on Wednesday, a senior official at the health ministry said on Sunday. … More than 3,000 doses [of an experimental vaccine made by Merck] remain in stock in the capital Kinshasa, allowing authorities to quickly deploy it to the affected areas near the Ugandan border…” (Mahamba/Ross, 8/5).

U.N. News: Conflict in new Ebola zone of DR Congo exacerbates complexity of response: WHO emergency response chief
“…The death toll from the current Kivu episode is likely to rise, the WHO official said, adding that the alert was raised on 25 July after a woman and many members of her immediate family died after exhibiting symptoms consistent with Ebola…” (8/3).

Xinhua News: A.U. stresses coordinated efforts to control new Ebola outbreak in DRC
“The Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Saturday stressed the need to establish comprehensive and well-coordinated response strategy to eradicate the new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). … The A.U. — through the Africa CDC — also revealed that it ‘will continue to support the efforts of the DRC government during this outbreak as well as neighboring countries’…” (8/4).

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