Ebola identified in almost 150 health workers in DRC since outbreak began


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases continue to be identified among health workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with almost 150 healthcare workers infected during the current outbreak.

A total of 2,781 Ebola cases have been reported in the DRC since the outbreak began (up to 06 August 2019). Of these cases, 56 per cent were in females and 28 per cent were in children aged less than 18 years. Overall, 1,866 people have died. 

According to the latest report, 14 cases were reported among health workers in seven different areas in just 21 days leading up to publication. Cumulatively, 149 healthcare workers have been infected with Ebola during the current outbreak. More than 38,650 healthcare workers have been vaccinated against the disease. 

There are currently no confirmed cases of EVD outside of the DRC; however, the WHO says factors including the continued difficult security situation, delays in detection and isolation of Ebola and high rates of population movement from outbreak-affected areas to other parts of the DRC and across borders to neighbouring countries continue to contribute to an increased risk of geographical spread both within the DRC and to neighbouring countries.

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