Surge In Malaria Cases In DRC’s Ebola Outbreak Zone Prompts Widespread Treatment Effort; Experts Call For Outbreak To Be Declared International Emergency

CIDRAP News: Malaria spike in Ebola zone prompts mass treatment efforts
“A surge in malaria infections — with symptoms that can mimic Ebola — in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) main Ebola hot spot prompted the launch [Wednesday] of a four-day mass malaria drug administration campaign, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced. Meanwhile, the DRC’s health ministry [Wednesday] reported one more illness, raising the overall total to 422 cases…” (Schnirring, 11/28).

MedPage Today: Experts: Declare Ebola in Congo an International Health Emergency
“The World Health Organization (WHO) should declare a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) for the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and CDC experts should be allowed by the U.S. to return to the area, two public health experts argued…” (Walker, 11/28).

Additional coverage of the Ebola outbreak and response is available from Agence France-Presse, HuffPost, and Reuters (2).