Ebola kills 198 in Democratic Republic of Congo

Randy Kelley
December 2, 2018

The trial aims to determine which of the four leading Ebola treatments - referred to by the World Health Organization as mAb114, Regeneron, Remdesivir and ZMapp - proves most successful in combating a virus that can have a high fatality rate.

'Our country is struck with Ebola outbreaks too often, which also means we have unique expertise in combatting it, ' said DRC's minister of health Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga.

Seven United Nations peacekeepers were killed in one such skirmish earlier this month, and another 11 civilians - including two Congolese health workers - were killed in the region last month. "We hope to one day say that the death and suffering from Ebola is behind us".

The epidemic disease is believed to have killed more 245 people, spread across 14 health zones with 426 cases of infection.

"While the numbers are far from those from West Africa in 2014, we're witnessing how the dynamics of conflict pose a different kind of threat", said Michelle Gayer, senior director of emergency health at the International Rescue Committee.

This Ebola outbreak has 4 highly-effective, investigational Ebola vaccines being tested.

And, the U.S. State Department issued a "do not travel" alert because of armed group activity and major outbreaks of violence targeting civilians.

"We remain hopeful that the security situation improves so we can return to the affected communities", Kathy Harben, a CDC spokeswoman, said in a statement.

This is the 10th outbreak since 1976 in Congo, according to the health ministry, where the disease is endemic and the second this year.

"No other epidemic in the world has been as complex as the one we are now experiencing", the Congolese health minister, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, said in a November 9 statement.

It will form part of a multi-outbreak, multi-country study that was agreed to by partners last month under a World Health Organization initiative.

Those who are known to have come into contact with others who had the disease have been targeted by the vaccination programme. We fear that hundreds of more people will lose their lives in this outbreak. "Is there potential for requiring worldwide response?" "These trials will contribute to building that knowledge, while we continue to respond on every front to bring the current outbreak to an end".

Jessica Illunga, a spokesperson for the health ministry in DRC said in October: 'There is an abnormally high number of children who have contracted and died of Ebola in Beni.

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