Authorities are reporting a decline in the number of cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) being reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
According to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO), 14 new confirmed cases were identified in the epidemiological week of 30 September through 6 October, a significant decline on the peak transmission period last April when 126 cases were identified in a week.
As of 8 October, 3,207 EVD cases have been reported, with 2,144 deaths (overall case fatality ratio 67%). Of the total number of confirmed and probable cases, 162 cases were identified in health workers.
While the WHO says the decline in case incidence is encouraging, it stressed it must “be interpreted with caution as the situation remains highly contingent upon the level of access and security."
Last month, serious security incidents in the Lwemba Health Area, Mandima Health Zone, stalled outbreak response activities for more than two weeks, and while the response there has now resumed, it remains limited.
The WHO also highlighted a shift in hot spots from urban settings to more rural communities and said vigilance is required as these areas can be difficult to access and face security challenges.