DRC Ebola Outbreak Response Builds As More Than 1K People Receive Experimental Vaccine

CIDRAP News: More suspected Ebola cases in DRC as response builds
“In recent days the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported a few more suspected Ebola cases, and with lab tests ruling out some earlier cases, the outbreak total grew to 53 cases. Also, the number of people who received the experimental VSV-EBOV vaccine rose steadily, and the DRC’s health minister said over the weekend that all people targeted for immunization in the provincial capital of Mbandaka have now been vaccinated, which includes health workers, contacts of confirmed cases, and contacts of contacts…” (Schnirring, 6/4).

CNN: Detective work, cultural awareness are key to fighting Ebola
“As health care workers battle a deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one important tool has been promising in preventing spread of the virus but can be difficult to carry out: contact tracing…” (Howard, 6/5).

MSNBC: Congo begins vaccination drive to control Ebola outbreak
“…Andrea Mitchell is joined by Dr. Vanessa Kerry, the CEO of Seed Global Health — a nonprofit group that sends doctors and nurses to Africa to teach and train local health care professionals…” (Mitchell, 6/4).

Reuters: Medical workers in Congo city finish vaccinating contacts of Ebola patients
“…The VSV-EBOV vaccine, developed by Merck, has been administered to 1,112 people, including 567 in the northwestern city [of Mbandaka]. … There have been no new deaths from Ebola since May 25 and the last confirmed case was recorded on May 29, although health officials say it is too soon to make any definitive pronouncements about the outbreak’s course…” (Mwarabu/Christensen, 6/4).

Xinhua News: WAHO calls for regional preparedness as Ebola hits DR Congo
“Director General of [the] West African Health Organization (WAHO) Stanley Okolo on Monday called on the regional countries to remain alert as the Ebola epidemic resurfaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)…” (6/5).