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DR Congo approves four new Ebola treatments to contain outbreak

DR Congo approves four new Ebola treatments to contain outbreak”

That includes 76 cases that tested positive for Ebola virus disease and 27 probable cases of Ebola, according to the health ministry.

WHO and health experts reached Oicha with armed escort by MONUSCO troops this week, he said, adding: "We know from that incident now in Oicha we are going to have to operate in some very complex environments due to security and access concerns". Two more people have perished from the virus, bringing the death toll to 63, and the number of suspected cases has jumped to 13.

Insecurity, coupled with local inexperience at confronting Ebola, means that volunteers from affected communities are playing an even more important role, with many people in the region believing that the illness is sent by spirits or ancestors, Baggio said.

The eastern part of the country is a highly volatile and insecure area filled with armed militia and a source of worry to the World Health Organisation, WHO bereft of ideas to tackle the virus in such an insecure area.

Dr. Chilufya told journalists today in Lusaka at a press briefing.

Besides mAb114, "The Ethics Committee in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has approved the use of four additional experimental therapeutics, namely: ZMapp, Remdesivir, Favipiravir, and Regn3450 - 3471 - 3479" to be used by Ebola treatment centers.

In another worrying development, angry youths burned down a health centre in the village of Manbangu where vaccinations were underway, after learning of a death from Ebola, Salama said.

The ministry said that since August 8, more than 1,600 people have been vaccinated in Mabalako and Beni in North Kivu province and in Mandima in Ituri province, the AP reported.

Since the outbreak erupted on August 1, 103 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola have been identified in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, including 63 deaths, Congo's health ministry said in an overnight update.

It is the 10th outbreak to strike the DRC since 1976, when Ebola was first identified and named after a river in the north of the country.

Further, sexual and gender-based violence is rampant across the Beni territory while many children are being recruited as child soldiers.

The doctor in question is stuck inside Oicha, which is one of the most volatile areas of North Kivu.

Contacts finding and tracing are also working well, with 2,200 contacts now being followed in the six locations, and more 2,900 people have been vaccinated, including 21 rings around all of the 40 most recent cases.



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