The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in Congo as a global health emergency. The decision comes following the confirmation of an infection case in Goma, a city near the border between Congo and Rwanda.
Uganda reported its first cases of Ebola this week. Two people have already died from the disease and three individuals were held in isolation after coming into contact with the infected patients.
Public Health June 15, 2019
Ebola responders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are struggling to deal with the outbreak amid recent violent attacks by armed groups. Efforts to curb the spread of the disease have been hampered by threats to health workers.
Public Health May 23, 2019
Congolese health workers marched to demand increased protection against armed militiamen. Dozens of doctors and nurses who are at the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak threatened to go on strike if their demands are not met by the government.
Public Health April 26, 2019
An Ebola responder was killed by attackers at a hospital in Congo. Witnesses say the attackers do not believe that Ebola exists in their area.
Feature | Health April 19, 2019
The Ebola virus has spread and infected over a thousand people in Congo. The World Health Organization has called on the international community to help in the efforts to end the outbreak.
Public Health April 3, 2019
A new Harvard University study revealed the increasing level of mistrust some Congo residents have on the government. About one in every four surveyed didn’t believe Ebola virus is real.
Public Health April 2, 2019
The second worst Ebola outbreak in history has reached over 1,000 cases with more than 600 people dead. According to WHO, violence in the affected areas is the reason for the increase in new cases.
Public Health March 25, 2019
The World Health Organization recently said that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has made its way to another area, Kayina. The strife-torn area has reported five cases.
Public Health January 26, 2019
A Liberian bat was found to carry the deadly Ebola virus, the reason for the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This marks the first time that a disease-carrying animal was discovered in West Africa.
Public Health January 24, 2019
Ebola, HIV, and the anti-vaxx movement are just some of the top global health threats of 2019. The World Health Organization notes the multiple health challenges that the world is facing this year.
Public Health January 18, 2019
The American doctor who was exposed to Ebola and taken to Nebraska Medicine has finally been released from the hospital. He completed the 21-day monitoring period without developing Ebola symptoms.
Public Health January 13, 2019
A woman who recovered from Ebola gave birth to a healthy child on Sunday. Baby Sylvana is the first virus-free infant to be born to a survivor in the current deadly outbreak at the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Public Health January 10, 2019
A Swedish patient came from Burundi when he began exhibiting symptoms of Ebola. Although Burundi is not known to be Ebola active, authorities had to take precautions.
Public Health January 5, 2019
The Democratic Republic of Congo has reported 600 cases of Ebola since an outbreak was declared in the country last year. Fear of Ebola spreading to neighboring countries was heightened after hundreds of Congolese had sought refuge in Uganda.
Public Health January 3, 2019
A doctor may have been exposed to Ebola while treating patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He will be brought to a medical center that has previously treated Ebola patients.
Public Health December 29, 2018
Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo ballooned to 560. Furthermore, the health minister, who recently visited the affected areas, believes the outbreak will last for three to four months more.
Public Health December 21, 2018
The youngest survivor from the Ebola outbreak in the Congo was a newborn whom officials called 'young miracle.' The infant was admitted to a treatment center just six days after being born.
Public Health December 15, 2018
Because of internal conflicts, WHO reassessed the alert level for the risk of Ebola outbreak in Congo as "very high." Health workers fear that the disease might also spill into Uganda and other neighboring countries.
Public Health September 30, 2018
A new Ebola outbreak has just been declared in a Congo war zone. This outbreak is much harder to combat because of the large refugee population and the higher chances of encountering militant groups in the region.
Public Health August 5, 2018
The woman may have spread the disease to her family when the virus reemerged during her pregnancy. Experts do not think she infected her husband through sexual contact.
Public Health July 24, 2018
The FDA filed a complaint against the company behind the Zylast hand sanitizers, which claim to protect people from major diseases such as Ebola. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that the misleading products may provide 'a false sense of safety.'
Public Health June 8, 2018
Two of the Ebola patients who escaped the isolation ward of a hospital in Mbandaka have since died. The third one has fortunately been found and is now under observation.
Public Health May 24, 2018
The World Health Organization sent the Democratic Republic of Congo 4,000 vaccines in hopes that it would contain the country’s latest Ebola outbreak. The current Ebola outbreak was announced on May 8.
Public Health May 16, 2018
The Ebola virus resurfaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo, triggering concerns that it will be like the 2014 to 2016 epidemic that claimed 11,000 lives. The government and the WHO, however, are quickly moving to contain the Ebola outbreak.
Public Health May 14, 2018
In trials, the experimental Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV provided protection against the killer virus. What makes the vaccine particularly difficult to use to contain the new outbreak in Congo?
Public Health May 12, 2018
The first death in the current Ebola outbreak facing the Democratic Republic of Congo has been reported. The number of confirmed cases of Ebola has risen to 25.
Public Health May 10, 2018
A new ebola outbreak is affecting the Democratic Republic of Congo with two confirmed cases and 10 more suspected. Ebola was discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1970s.
Public Health May 9, 2018
Humanitarian organization Red Cross has lost over 5 million dollars due to fraud within its own organization. The misappropriation of funds took place through fake custom bills and other fraudulent practices.
November 5, 2017
Four people have died in the Ebola outbreak in Congo. The WHO confirmed the latest death on Sunday, noting there are now 37 suspected Ebola cases in Africa. The CDC is still evaluating the situation before issuing a travel advisory.
Public Health May 22, 2017
DRC’s latest Ebola outbreak poses a major challenge to the World Health Organization. Should the government approve, WHO hopes to bring the Ebola vaccine to the affected region within one week.
Public Health May 19, 2017
The World Health Organization is investigating 11 cases of unexplained deaths resulting from a mystery illness in Liberia. The incidents come almost a year after WHO announced the end of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country.
Public Health April 29, 2017
In the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak, a research team reviewed major reports discussing key problems and recommendations. According to the paper, the world is "grossly unprepared" to deal with health emergencies of the scale.
Public Health January 27, 2017
Researchers at the University of Liverpool reveal that a blood test may be able to predict the survival chances of Ebola patients. A molecular barcode in the blood stream may help detect the survival possibilities.
Public Health January 20, 2017
The new Ebola vaccine rVSV-EBOV shows promise in preventing the next outbreak of the disease but it comes with side effects. It also only works against one subtype of the hemorrhagic virus.
Medicine December 24, 2016
The experimental Ebola vaccine rVSV-EBOV was up to 100 percent effective in providing protection against the deadly hemorrhagic disease but it is far from perfect. What are the flaws of the vaccine?
Medicine December 24, 2016
The Ebola virus went through mutations that made it more infectious. The mutated Ebola is one reason the epidemic in West Africa spread fast and claimed more lives than earlier outbreaks.
Public Health November 4, 2016
Ebola survivor Nina Pham has reached a settlement with Texas Health Resources, the parent company of the hospital where she used to work. The lawsuit accused the hospital of negligence and deception in handling the case of Thomas Duncan.
Public Health October 25, 2016
Ohio-based bridal shop filed a suit against a Texas Hospital because one of its nurses unknowingly contracted the Ebola virus and visited the boutique. The business was temporarily shut down by the authorities and never reopened because of the clients' reluctance.
Public Health October 6, 2016
Researchers have found that Ebola can remain in semen for more than a year. This means that survivors of the virus can play a critical part in reigniting outbreaks in regions that were once thought to be Ebola-free.
Public Health August 31, 2016
A new type of programmable vaccine has been found to be 100 percent effective against influenza, Ebola and other parasites in mice. The vaccine's unique process can revolutionize the way vaccines are deployed during outbreaks.
Medicine July 4, 2016
Where will the next Ebola strike? These new maps reveal the global hotspots of animal hosts that can spread infectious diseases to humans.
Animals June 15, 2016
A new model can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases such as Zika, Ebola and Lassa fever. The model uses changes in population growth, land usage and climate to determine outbreak risks.
Public Health June 13, 2016
A new portable device the size of a smartphone may be the lifesaver we’ve been waiting. Not only does it produce results at once, it is also highly accurate and may be designed for diagnosis of other diseases.
Medicine April 30, 2016
A lab-engineered antibody could provide full protection against the deadly Junin virus, the pathogen responsible for the Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever, new research shows. If the experiment is successful, it could pave way for the development of new drugs.
Life April 5, 2016