DRC Ebola Outbreak Reaches 743 Total Cases, Including At Least 2 Soldiers

CIDRAP News: Katwa remains outbreak hot spot as Ebola cases reach 743
“[Tuesday] the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recorded seven new Ebola cases, raising the outbreak total to 743, including 461 deaths. As of today, 174 cases remain under investigation, which is up from 161 yesterday. Four of the new cases were reported in Katwa, the latest hot spot in the outbreak that has swept across North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the DRC during the past six months…” (Soucheray, 1/29).

Xinhua News: 2 soldiers die of Ebola in DRC
“Two Congolese Regular Forces (FARDC) soldiers have died of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to military and health sources. Mak Hazukay, an army spokesman in the Beni area, east of North Kivu province, said three other soldiers were being observed in a center for the fight against the epidemic at the Ministry of Health in Beni. He also stressed that all measures are being taken to stop the infection among soldiers…” (1/30).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak, research into new treatments and vaccines, and violence in the region is available from Healio, Infectious Disease Advisor, and New York Times.