Over the weekend, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has identified 15 new Ebola cases, reporting another violent attack on the boys, the epicenter of the outbreak.
In other developments, programs are being developed to test experimental Ebola treatments in clinical trials, and Britain is sending teams to assist in laboratory analysis and clinical trials.
New cases increase by 15
Of the 15 recently reported cases, 12 have been approved and 3 are most likely listed. A total of 334 cases, including 296 confirmed and 38 probable cases, have been reported in the past three days, raising the death toll to 206.
Among the most recent diseases, based on the Ministry of Health report for November 10 and four, 6 are from Beni, 2 from the red town of Klongota, 1 from Moisinin, and one from Kidoro, southeast of Butembo.
The other five cases, including three new probable diseases, are reflected in the amounts of the World Health Organization (WHO) currently on its online dashboard, and the locations are not listed. According to the latest information, health officials are still investigating 51 additional suspects in cases of Ebola.
The number of people vaccinated continues to rise steadily, and on Sunday the Ministry of Health said 28,727 were killed, about half of them in Bnei.
Additional violence against my son
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tadros Adomos Gavriss said yesterday that he received a briefing on a violent attack on my son on the night of November 10.
"The whole team is safe, but my heart goes out to families who lost their loved ones in the horrific and unacceptable attack, which we condemn in the strongest terms," he wrote.
According to a local media report that was translated and published by the H5N1 Blog, which focuses on infectious disease news, at least five civilians were killed and several children were kidnapped in a rebel attack with the Democratic Forces of the Allies (ADF) in the province of Miami.
The report said that two more people were killed in two other attacks that day in Benny's Runwenzori neighborhood, one involving the ADF rebels and the other on May Mai's militia.
My son experienced a number of violent attacks, one in September that led to the public mourning period and temporarily resulted in outbreak response.
A new round of attacks follows a high-level visit by the World Health Organization and UN peacekeeping personnel to address security issues related to armed rebel groups and pockets of community distrust that has been fueled by the failure of the Democratic Republic's government to control the land and protect the Citizens in the eastern part of the country where the eruptions occur.
Treatment research crystallizes
In a report published today, health officials reported that programs are coming together to launch a clinical trial in the area of the outbreak, to examine three antibody and anti-viral treatments, a complex effort that goes across a number of future outbreaks in countries.
Experiment drugs have been employed in Ebola treatment centers based on compassionate use. They include three monoclonal antibodies (ZMapp, REGN 3470-3471-3479 and 114 mAB) and the anti-viral drug Remdesivir.
According to statistics, 139 patients were treated with one of the four drugs.
Jamie Farrar, MD, PhD, director of the Volcom Trust, told Stat that the randomized controlled trial is expected to begin sometime in November and that the National Institute for Biomedical Research of the DRC will be the sponsor. A final plan is awaiting review of the study protocol by the ethics advisers of the Government of the Democratic Republic of China.
UK teams head to the outbreak zone
British experts are planning to travel to the DRC, Sky News reported today quoting Daniel Bausch, MD, MPH, who runs a rapid response team run jointly by Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene and Trop Medicine.
He said that the team would include two teams, one of them a laboratory team of six people who would help with genetic sequencing to better detect transmission patterns, and the other a team of two people initially working on clinical trials.
According to the report, the teams are expected to arrive by the end of the week, reaching Kinshasa and in collaboration with colleagues from the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health. They then travel to the boys if conditions are safe. Bausch said a senior epidemiologist was in the area of an early outbreak of the epidemic for rapid risk assessment and was due to return.
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