Ebola: 44 health workers infected in Congo outbreak


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that health centres in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with inadequate infection prevention and control (IPC) practices could be amplifying the Ebola outbreak. 

In its latest update, it said two new Ebola infections were reported in health workers during the latest reporting period from 28 November to 4 December. At least one new case was likely acquired EVD from an infected health worker during a routine visit. “Public and private health centres with inadequate infection prevention and control (IPC) practices continue to be major source of amplification of the outbreak,” it said. To date, a total of 44 health workers including 41 nurses and three doctors have been infected, of which 59 per cent (26) were female. 

Overall, as of 4 December 458 EVD cases, including 271 deaths, have been reported in DRC. A disproportionate number of women and children are affected, with females accounting for 62 per cent of all cases where sex was reported. 

While the WHO said responding to the outbreak continues to be a multifaceted challenge, it is "confident it can be contained and brought to an end".

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