The number of health workers infected with Ebola in the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is continuing to rise, with latest data showing 89 cases have been identified in health workers.
According to the latest situation report from the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola was identified in four health workers in the last week up to 14 April, all from community health centres within hotspot areas. The number of health workers who have died in the current outbreak is 32.
Overall data show that a total of 1,264 Ebola cases, including 1,198 confirmed and 66 probable cases, have been reported during this outbreak, with 814 deaths, giving an overall case fatality ratio of 64 per cent. Of those with reported age and sex, 28 per cent (355) were children (
Earlier this month, the International Health Regulation (IHR) Emergency Committee was convened to discuss the current outbreak. While the committee said it did not believe that the ongoing outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), it expressed deep concern about the recent increase in transmission in specific areas and the potential risk of spread to neighbouring countries.