Number Of Ebola Cases Spike Again In DRC; Uganda Approves 3 Experimental Treatments

Associated Press: Kenya patient free of Ebola, as Congo, Uganda fight outbreak
“Kenya remains free from Ebola as test results show that a sick woman does not have the deadly hemorrhagic fever, while neighboring Uganda and Congo battle a stubborn outbreak of the disease…” (Odula, 6/17).

CIDRAP News: Ebola case counts spike again in DRC
“Over the weekend, the ministry of health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recorded 28 new cases of Ebola, and [was expected to] confirm another 20 new cases [Monday]. With nearly 50 cases in 3 days, the outbreak is experiencing another spike in activity following the discovery of cases in neighboring Uganda last week. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Ebola dashboard, the outbreak total now stands at 2,168 cases…” (Soucheray, 6/17).

Reuters: More than 300,000 flee Congo violence, complicating Ebola fight: U.N.
“More than 300,000 people have fled inter-ethnic violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo since early June, complicating the tracing and treatment of patients at risk from Ebola, U.N. aid agencies said on Tuesday…” (Nebehay, 6/18).

Reuters: Uganda clears three experimental Ebola treatments, watches for spread
“Health workers have got the all-clear to use three experimental Ebola treatments in Uganda, a week after the deadly disease spread over the border from Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said on Tuesday…” (Biryabarema, 6/18).