WHO Expresses Concern Over Multiple DRC Ebola Hotspots, Urges Tanzania To Provide Information On Suspected Case; BARDA To Support Research On Experimental Treatment

CIDRAP News: WHO: Multiple DRC Ebola hot spots ‘grave concern’
“In the past week, officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) confirmed 48 new cases and 25 new deaths in an ongoing Ebola outbreak in three of the DRC’s eastern provinces…” (Soucheray, 9/24).

Devex: MSF, WHO lock horns over Ebola vaccine deployment
“Médecins Sans Frontières wants more aid organizations to take part in the Ebola vaccination supply and deployment discussions. The international medical humanitarian organization has wanted to expand people’s access to vaccination in the Ebola-affected region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but said this has been impossible with the World Health Organization’s vaccination restrictions. … WHO disagreed with MSF’s characterization…” (Ravelo, 9/24).

Homeland Preparedness News: BARDA to provide $14M, expertise for advanced development of new Ebola treatment
“The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) intends to provide $14 million and expertise support for the advanced development of an investigational Ebola treatment being pursued by Ridgeback Biotherapeutics of Miami…” (Galford, 9/24).

U.N. News: Tanzania urged to provide more information on suspected Ebola case
“Authorities in Tanzania have been urged by the U.N. to supply further information about the death of an individual from suspected Ebola Virus Disease earlier this month in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. The development comes as neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to tackle an Ebola outbreak that began in August last year…” (9/24).