Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Uganda says has no Ebola outbreak after tests turn negative

Uganda says has no Ebola outbreak after tests turn negative

The high case count has created worldwide concern spurring Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), to assemble an emergency meeting to decide if this outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of global concern (PHEIC) (see tweet).

The crisis meeting would decide whether or not the outbreak constituted a public health emergency of worldwide concern, and what recommendations should be made to manage the spread of the disease.

Twenty-four suspected cases are still under investigation.On Saturday, the DRC health ministry confirmed two cases in Beni, and yesterday recorded two more cases in Beni, and one each in Masereka and Butembo.

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, said the agency had assessed the national and regional risk of the current Ebola outbreak in DRC as "very high".

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Deadly in about 50% of cases, it has no proven treatment and those who become sick with the illness are treated with fluids and rest - often in isolation in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus.

According to the DRC Ministry of Health, 73 patients have been treated with the experimental therapies mAb 114, Remdesivir, Zmapp or Regeneron in this outbreak.

Ministry of Health, WHO and partners have teams on the ground responding to the outbreak.

Nevertheless, by the information now available, World Health Organization is still advising against any travel or trade restrictions with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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The ministry said the latest cases were confirmed between October 8 and 14.

Quote Message: "In recent weeks armed attacks in and around Beni in North Kivu have severely affected both civilian and front-line workers, forcing the temporary suspension of the response and raising the risk that the virus will continue to spread". However, the article also highlighted that all EVD alerts from neighbouring nations have been ruled out, indicating that the outbreak is contained in Congo at the moment.

The Ebola virus which is transmitted by bats.

Meanwhile, the UN Children's Fund reported that one month after the beginning of the school year, 80 per cent of school-aged children have returned to school.

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