Ebola Is Back. Here Are the Challenges Ahead

WHO Confirms Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

On 12 May, the first case of Ebola was confirmed in DRC. "We could potentially mount a campaign within around a week given all of the conditions... are met", Peter Salama, the agency's health emergencies chief, told reporters during a conference call.

The first six months of the response to the outbreak are expected to cost the World Health Organization and aid groups $10 million, Salama said at the briefing.

The African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently activated its Emergency Operational Centre in response to the recently-declared Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in order to develop a concept of operations for the emergency. "In an area without telecommunications, without road access, without large-scale electrification, this is going to be an enormous challenge", he said.

Health officials became aware of the disease cluster May 9, Salama said, and deployed a team to the region the following day.

"We believe that the DRC's government has strong experience ... and a proven track record of handling Ebola outbreaks", Salama said.

Finally today, encouraging news from researchers in the United Kingdom: Despite reporting several "near misses" and possible exposures, foreign health care responders who traveled to West Africa during the 2014-2016 outbreak had nearly no Ebola antibodies in oral fluid samples.

"The preparations are in place". Four health areas are affected in Bas-Uélé Province.

But he said huge efforts were underway to overcome the challenges.

The first Ebola treatment center was recently established in Likati, and the construction and deployment of a mobile lab is in process. Three years ago, an outbreak caused a total of 66 infections and 49 deaths in the country's Equator Province.

World Health Organization has determined overall that the risk assessment for this event is “high” at the national level, medium at the regional level and low at the global level. "We've also learned never ever to underestimate the Ebola virus disease and we will be remaining vigilant and ensuring we have no regrets in our approach to this outbreak as we move forward".

The vaccinations, which will not be provided to the general population but only to current cases' contacts, need to be kept at -80 degrees centigrade.

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