By Steve Dellar   |  08-22-2018   News
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As the death toll jumped in the last two days from 49 to 59, the Congolese health ministry says four experimental treatments have now been approved for use in the Ebola virus outbreak in its northeast region.

The health ministry explained that ZMapp, Remdesivir, Favipiravir and Regn3450 – 3471 – 3479 now can be used.

Related coverage: <a href="">New Congo Ebola virus spreads like lightning, 49 dead</a>.

Insecurity in the region, especially in what the World Health Organization calls “red zones” where several armed groups stage attacks, is however continuing to hamper efforts to treat everyone.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ebola</a> treatment unit established at Bwera Hospital. Many thanks to <a href="">@MinofHealthUG</a> for the leadership and <a href="">@UNICEFUganda</a> <a href="">@WFP</a> and <a href="">@MSFNairobi</a> for the support in making this possible. The unit is fully equipped and ready to manage any <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ebola</a> alert case. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Evd</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Uganda</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; WHO Uganda (@WHOUganda) <a href="">August 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe, Director of the National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB), explained the the Congolese government is waiting for US manufacturers to deliver more doses: "Until now 10 people have already received this treatment (mAb114) via infusion, it's an hour of treatment, one injection and until now all 10 are getting better and I think Monday or Tuesday the first case will leave the hospital."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">On 8 August, <a href="">@MinSanteRDC</a>, WHO and partners launched the <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ebola</a> ring vaccination for high-risk populations in northeastern <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DRC</a>.<br><br>As of 19 August, 10 rings have been defined around 28 recently confirmed cases and approximately 1300 people have consented and been vaccinated. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) <a href="">August 21, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"When we went to Mangina there were 5 or 6 patients and two in a severe state. I said we need to treat everyone (with the mAb114). We can't say we only administer to the less serious cases. We treated all levels (of the illness) so some of them were very serious, and in particular a child who had bloody stools and after this treatment he is now recovering slowly by slowly."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Health workers are 21–32 times more likely to be infected with Ebola than the general adult population-WHO <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; MedicoPRESS (@MedicoPressTZ) <a href="">August 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The World Health Organization, seeing the jump in deaths and possibly infected cases (last reported number of possibly infected was over 2,000 already) set up an Ebola treatment centre in neighbouring Uganda as there are fears the disease will easily cross the border.


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tab No. 34767 1534945040

don't treat the savages at all. they hate white people. let them make their own medicine.

Anonymous No. 34777 1534950195



You know, it can quickly become our problem once they get over the ocean gap.

Heck, there were already cases of Tubercolosis in Kindergardes in Germany ffs.

Anonymous No. 34780 1534954418

In a world with planes and ships you should hope that this doesn't spread further and is treated quickly and effectively. The previous outbreak in West Africa would have been much worse if uncontained

UgandaAnon No. 34782 1534955823

Anon. i……

Ayy lmao No. 34792 1534964703

Please keep your ebola there…

Anonymous No. 34797 1534971208

The nuclear option is recommended

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Anonymous No. 34920 1535083584

We need MORE diversity. More "migrants" to bring us these diseases

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