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When Ebola rages, DRC sees more displaced people

As the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) approaches a year of active Ebola transmission in North Kivu and Ituri provinces and cases are rising every day, renewed violence in the region has led to a sharp rise in displaced persons, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

"Humanitarian actors need urgent access to provide assistance and prevent further massive displacement. We are increasingly concerned that rising shifts create fertile grounds for spreading disease – most worrying Ebola in Ituri province," said Fabien Sambussy, IOM's Head of Mission in the DRC.

The displacement stems from political violence in the region, which IOM said had been most controlled over the last 1

6 years. In recent weeks, 160 people have been killed in conflicts, and approx. 400,000 people have been relocated throughout the Ituri Province.

Thousands of internally displaced Congolese are housed in a temporary camp near Bunia, which has seen new Ebola transmission. 19659002] Over the past month, the outbreak has seen its first cases across international borders, with two cases confirmed in Uganda. On the weekend, the Ugandan Ministry of Health said it no longer followed case contacts and declared their country Ebola free after 21 days without any new cases.

Cases count 2,418

According to the World Health Organization's (WHO) online Ebola dashboard, the DRC will probably confirm 10 new cases of Ebola today and increase the outbreak to 2,418.

In the last 3 days, the Ministry of Health has registered 29 new cases. On July 6, DRC officials confirmed 9 cases and yesterday they added 10 to the outbreak. Since July 5, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 19 new deaths in Ebola.

Yesterday there were 1,625 deaths and 323 suspected cases under investigation. A total of 154,037 people have been vaccinated as part of a ring vaccination campaign.

Researcher's question on vaccine stocks

Last week, one of the researchers who helped develop Merck's rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine, which has not yet been vaccinated enough to successfully stop this outbreak, was.

In an interview with the Canadian Broadcast Company (CDC), microbiologist Gary Kobinger, PhD, said that the vaccine stores should reach 1 million doses, and stopping the virus would require approx. 72% of the population to be immunized.

Merck commented that it will expand to 850,000 doses within 18 months. WHO and Merck have since 2016 maintained a store of 300,000 doses.

See also:

5. July IOM press release

6. July Uganda Health Declaration

WHO Ebola Dashboard

July 7 DRC Update

6. July DRC update

5. July DRC update

6. July CBC History

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