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  • DRC - Three new Ebola cases confirmed in eastern Congo - October 18, 2021

    Source: https://wsau.com/2021/10/18/three-ne...eastern-congo/

    Three new Ebola cases confirmed in eastern Congo
    By Syndicated Content
    Oct 18, 2021 | 3:19 AM

    BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Three new Ebola cases have been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing the total to five in the last 10 days, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

    Health officials have said the latest flare-up of the virus appeared to be linked to the massive 2018-20 outbreak, which killed more than 2,200 people and infected more than 1,000 others.

    The cases were detected on Saturday in the health district of Butsili, close to the city of Beni where the last outbreak was centred, the WHO said in a statement. Three people out of the five confirmed cases have died...

  • #2
    WEEKLY BULLETIN ON OUTBREAKS
    AND OTHER EMERGENCIES

    Week 43: 18 - 24 October 2021
    Data as reported by: 17:00; 24 October 2021

    ...
    Ebola virus disease Democratic Republic of the
    Congo


    6 Cases
    3 Death
    50.0% CFR


    EVENT DESCRIPTION

    The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Butsili Health Area (HA), Beni
    Health Zone (HZ) continues with one new confirmed case reported in the
    past week. The case is a 24 years-old male from Butsili Health Area and
    a known contact under follow-up.

    As of 23 October 2021, a total of six confirmed cases of EVD have been
    reported in Beni HZ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with three
    deaths (case fatality ratio 50.0%), including two community deaths.
    Among the confirmed cases, 33.3% (2/6) are children under five-years
    of age. All the six confirmed cases have been reported from Butsili HA.
    Since the confirmation of the EVD outbreak in Beni HZ, a total of 544
    contacts have been listed, of which 478 (87.9.0%) are under follow
    up, 54 (9.9%) contacts had never been seen, and one contact is lost
    to follow-up. Of the contacts under follow up, seven became suspects
    including five in Butsili HA, one in Mabakanga HA and one in Ngongolio
    HA. All the suspect cases are currently under isolation at Beni Hospital.
    As of 23 October 2021, a total 225 alerts including eight deaths were
    notified; of these 222 (99.0%) were investigated, 19 (8.4%) were
    validated as suspected cases of EVD and samples were collected from
    10 suspected cases. Samples were not collected from the other nine
    suspected cases who declined.

    Since the start of vaccination on 13 October 2021, 229 people (including
    59 primary care providers) have been vaccinated: 84 contacts of
    contacts, 96 probable contacts and 49 high risk contacts.

    On 23 October 2021, 30 laboratory samples were analyzed among which
    no sample returned positive for EVD. Since the start of the response, a
    total of 265 samples have been taken and analysed, of which six returned
    positive for the EVD.

    A swab sample of the known index case was sequenced and initial
    findings indicate that this outbreak likely represents a new flare-up of
    the 2018-2020 Nord Kivu/Ituri EVD outbreak, initiated by transmission
    from a persistently infected survivor or a survivor who experienced
    relapse. Further epidemiologic investigations are ongoing to determine
    the source.

    PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

    The Ministry of Health, with support from partners, is investigating
    the most recent case and building capacity of local laboratory
    technicians, contact tracers, and vaccination teams.

    Vaccination activities against EVD continues in five sites; Ngongolio,
    Paida, Mandrandele, Bustili and Mabakanga. Vaccinators are using
    the “ring vaccination” approach, where contacts and contacts of
    contacts are vaccinated.

    Different community groups have been reached and engaged to
    raise awareness on Ebola response interventions, as well as in
    establishing an Ebola survivor care programme.

    The household of the last confirmed case and health facilities where
    he was treated have been decontaminated.

    Hand washing kits were availed to 15 health centres and the
    community

    On 23 October 2021, nine suspected cases were admitted including
    one at Butsili health centre, two at Beni treatment centre, three at
    Kanzulinzuli health centre and three in Malepe health centre.

    Training and re-training of the health workforce for early detection,
    isolation, treatment of EVD cases as well as safe and dignified
    burials and the IPC ring approach is ongoing.

    Community dialogue was held with 32 leaders of different youth
    associations in the city of Beni to solicit their involvement in
    sensitizing their communities in the fight against EVD; awareness
    was conducted in an Adventist church on prevention measures for
    EVD.

    Alert monitoring continues using both active case finding in health
    facilities and passive surveillance.

    A total of 48 953 (90.3%) travellers were screened among the 54
    211 people who went through the different points of control (PoCs).

    Management of suspected EVD cases is underway at a provisional
    EVD treated center

    Laboratory analysis of samples from suspected EVD cases is also
    ongoing

    Psychosocial care is being offered to the affected families and
    suspected cases.

    SITUATION INTERPRETATION

    The EVD outbreak in Beni HZ continues to evolve with one new confirmed
    case identified in the past week. A total of six confirmed cases has been
    recorded with three deaths. Only Butsili health area is affected to date.
    There are challenges around weak reporting of alerts by health zones,
    limited human resources for contact follow-up, and other public health
    actions; insufficient tools for surveillance including personal protective
    equipment in health facilities in the health zone. National and regional
    authorities, and partners need to urgently strengthen surveillance in
    health zones and ensure that the treatment centres in Beni are operational
    for both suspected and confirmed cases.
    ...
    https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/...1824102021.pdf
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    • #3

      WEEKLY BULLETIN ON OUTBREAKS
      AND OTHER EMERGENCIES


      Week 44: 25 - 31 October 2021
      Data as reported by: 17:00; 31 October 2021

      ...

      Ebola virus disease Democratic Republic of the
      Congo


      8 Cases
      6 Death
      75.0% CFR


      EVENT DESCRIPTION

      Two new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were confirmed in new
      Health Areas (HA) of Ngilinga and Bundji (one each) in Beni Health Zone
      (HZ) in North Kivu Province. To date, three HAs have reported confirmed
      cases, namely, Butsili HA (6 cases), Bundji (one case) and Ngilinga HA
      (one case).

      As of 30 October 2021, total of eight confirmed cases of EVD have been
      reported in Beni HZ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with six
      deaths (including four community deaths) (case fatality ratio (CFR)
      75.0%). Children below the age of five years accounts for 50.0% (4/8)
      of the cases.

      A total of 551 contacts are under follow up, of which 448 (81.3%) are
      being actively followed up, 70 (12.7%) contacts had never been seen, 11
      contacts have not been seen in the past 48 hours and 9 (1.6%) contact
      are lost to follow-up.

      On 30 October 2021, Beni Health Zone reported 198 new alerts including
      nine deaths. An additional 445 alerts including 21 deaths were notified
      from other seven HZs, of these, 436 (98.0%) were investigated, 45
      (10.0%) were validated as suspected cases. Only 18 (40.0%) samples
      were collected from the suspected cases who accepted to be tested.
      A total of 394 people (67 primary care providers including nine high risk
      contacts, nine contacts of contacts and 49 probable contacts) have been
      vaccinated including 182 contacts of contacts, 125 probable contacts
      and 87 high risk contacts.

      On 30 October 2021, 37 laboratory samples were analysed among which
      one returned positive for EVD. Since the start of the response, a total of
      444 samples have been collected and analysed, of which eight returned
      positive for the EVD.

      PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

      The Ministry of Health, with support from partners, continues
      to investigate the most recent cases and building capacity of
      laboratory technicians, contact tracers, and vaccination teams.
      Vaccination efforts continue around all confirmed cases. Vaccinators
      are using the “ring vaccination” approach, where contacts and
      contacts of contacts are vaccinated.

      On 29 October, a total of 37 576 individuals were sensitized
      including 11 505 home visits.

      Decontamination was conducted at the households of the last
      confirmed cases and two health facilities where the last cases were
      treated.

      Hand washing kits were provided to Mabolio, Mabakanga and
      Kanzunzuli communities.

      On 30 October 2021, fourteen suspected cases were admitted
      including one at Beni treatment centre, two at Kanzulinzuli health
      centre, four at Malepe health centre, five at Bundji and two at Butsili
      Health Centre.

      Re-orientation of the health workforce for early detection, isolation,
      treatment of EVD cases as well as safe and dignified burials and the
      infection prevention and control ring approach is underway.

      Alert monitoring continues using both active case finding from
      health facilities visited during active case search and passive
      surveillance.

      Broadcasting of six programmes on EVD preventive measures
      and community engagement in the fight against EVD is underway
      through six local radio stations.

      A total of 75 989 (98.5%) travellers were screened among the
      77 166 people who went through the different points of control
      (PoCs); 12 alerts including one death were notified. All the alerts
      were investigated and eight validated as suspected cases and were
      isolated.

      Laboratory analysis of samples from suspected EVD cases is also
      ongoing

      Psychosocial care is being offered to the affected families and
      suspected cases

      Prevention against sexual exploitation and abuse planning and
      orientation activities are underway with various commissions
      including signing of the code of conduct by service providers from
      various commissions.

      SITUATION INTERPRETATION

      The EVD outbreak initially reported in the Butsili health area in
      Beni HZ has spread to other health areas, which is of concern. The
      detection of a new community deaths is also of concern as it poses
      risk for increased spread of the virus. There remain challenges
      around weak reporting of alerts by health zones, limited human
      resources for contact follow-up, insufficient tools for surveillance
      including personal protective equipment in health facilities in the
      health zone.
      ...
      https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/...2531102021.pdf
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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      • #4
        DR Congo announces new Ebola cases



        Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have confirmed eight new Ebola virus cases in North Kivu province, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday.

        This marks a new outbreak in the country.

        Of the eight cases, there have been six fatalities, the WHO’s regional office for Africa said on its Twitter account.

        Some 573 people who had been exposed to the virus have been identified.


        https://www.myjoyonline.com/dr-congo...-cases/?param=

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        • #5
          Translation Google


          DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

          Briefing Note - Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu
          November 2, 2021, report # 4


          This report was produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from
          October 29 to November 1, 2021.

          KEY FIGURES AND FACTS
          • Bundji, third health area affected by the Ebola virus in Beni
          • Children strongly affected by the epidemic

          STATISTICS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE EPIDEMIC1

          8 confirmed cases
          6 death
          3 Affected Health Areas in the Health Zone of Beni
          552 contacts listed
          404 vaccinated people


          OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

          A new death was confirmed on October 30
          in the Bundji Health Area in the
          Health of Beni, bringing to 3 the number of
          health affected by the epidemic after those of
          Butsili and Ngilinga. To date, six of the eight
          people affected by the disease have died,
          i.e. a case fatality rate of 75%, higher than the
          average lethality which is about 50%. Account
          given that children constitute half of the cases
          confirmed, the health authorities have launched
          extensive research on the contamination and
          hospitalization of children.


          All children affected by the disease are
          deceased.


          Despite the continuation of engagement activities
          community, particularly through the Cells
          Community Animation (CAC), a weak
          adherence of the population to vaccination and
          contact follow-up. As of November 1, 22 of the 38
          suspected patients refused to be sampled and 53 contacts
          were never seen.


          ...
          https://www.humanitarianresponse.inf..._nord-kivu.pdf


          https://www.humanitarianresponse.inf...ord-kivu-ebola
          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela

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            bump this

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            • #7
              WEEKLY BULLETIN ON OUTBREAKS
              AND OTHER EMERGENCIES

              Week 45: 1 – 7 November 2021
              Data as reported by: 17:00; 7 November 2021

              ...

              Ebola virus disease Democratic Republic of the Congo

              11 Cases
              9 Death
              81.80% CFR


              EVENT DESCRIPTION

              The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak continues in Beni Health Zone
              (HZ) in North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
              with no new confirmed case reported in the past seven days. The latest
              known confirmed case was reported on the 30 October 2021.

              As of 6 November 2021, a total of 11 EVD cases including eight confirmed
              cases (with four community deaths) and three probable cases have been
              reported in Beni HZ. Additional three deaths were notified as probable
              cases after in-depth investigations established epidemiological links to
              confirmed cases on the 13, 16 and 22 October 2021, respectively.
              The overall case fatality rate (CFR) is 81.8% (9/11) and 75.0% (6/8)
              among confirmed cases.

              To date, three (17.0%) out of the 18 health areas in Beni HZ have reported
              confirmed cases, namely, Butsili HA (6 cases), Bundji (one case) and
              Ngilinga HA (one case). Children under the age of five years account for
              50.0% (4/8) of the cases.

              In Beni HZ 510 contacts are listed and 443 (86.9%) are under active
              follow-up in 11 HAs.

              Of the total contacts, 44 (8.6%) had never been seen and nine contact
              are lost to follow-up.

              On 6 November 2021, a total of 669 alerts were notified including 17
              deaths from three HZs, of these 664 (99.3%) were investigated, 28
              (4.2%) were validated as suspected cases of EVD and samples were
              collected from eight suspected cases. Samples were not collected from
              the other suspected cases who declined.

              A total of 485 persons have been vaccinated against EVD from the
              inception of the vaccination activities. These include 97 high risk
              contacts, 256 contacts of contacts and 132 probable contacts. Seventy
              frontline health care workers were vaccinated including 10 high risk
              contacts, nine contacts of contacts and 51 probable contacts.
              On 6 November 2021, 33 samples including 21 swabs from three HZ
              (Beni 17, Butembo 14 and Mabalako 2) were received and analysed at
              the laboratory. Non tested positive for EVD. Cumulatively, a total 696
              samples including 246 swabs have been collected and 694 (99.7%)
              analysed, of which eight were confirmed EVD cases.

              PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

              The coordination sub-pillar continues to over-see and give direction
              towards the outbreak response activities. A zonal coordination
              meeting chaired by the Chief Health Officer of Beni was held.

              Twenty local leaders of the Kansaga HA were engaged, and 14 531
              home visits were conducted, during which 44 094 persons were
              sensitized on EVD prevention.

              On 6 November 2021, 296 alerts including four deaths were
              notified.

              As of 6 November 2021, six EVD suspected cases were being
              treated at Beni (2), Kanzulinzuli (1), Butsili (1) and Malepe (2)
              health treatment and isolation facilities. The bed occupancy at the
              isolation facilities is 13.3%.

              Alert monitoring continues using both active and passive
              surveillance in health facilities and communities.

              Vaccination efforts continue around all confirmed cases.

              A total of 100 858 (98.3%) travellers were screened among the 102
              520 people who went through the different points of control; eight
              alerts were investigated and two validated as suspect cases and
              these were isolated.

              Psychosocial care is being offered to the seven suspected cases
              including two at Beni EVD treatment centre and five admitted at
              Butsili, Malepe and Kanzulinzuli isolation facilities, and 24 caretakers
              and visitors. Psychosocial follow-up is also being conducted on the
              two recovered persons, two separated children, 10 affected families,
              nine discharged persons and two orphans. In the community 292
              persons participated in 33 psychosocial sessions on different
              aspects of the EVD response.

              Laboratory analysis of samples from suspected EVD cases is also
              ongoing.

              SITUATION INTERPRETATION

              The EVD outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
              continues in the three affected health areas in Beni with no spread
              to further areas in the past week. However, the high number of
              contacts lost to follow-up remains a concern as this poses risk
              of silent transmission and increased spread of the virus in the
              community. The response efforts against EVD in Beni is currently
              being affected by inadequate resources, health care workers strike,
              lack of functional standardized isolation Centres in some areas, and
              low water supply at the points of entry.

              ...
              https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/...0107112021.pdf
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela

              Comment


              • #8
                WEEKLY BULLETIN ON OUTBREAKS
                AND OTHER EMERGENCIES

                Week 46: 08 – 14 November 2021
                Data as reported by: 17:00; 14 November 2021

                ...

                Ebola virus disease Democratic Republic of the Congo

                11 Cases
                9 Death
                81.80% CFR


                EVENT DESCRIPTION

                There has been no new confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) case in Beni
                Health Zone (HZ) in North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic
                of the Congo in the past 14 days.
                The last known confirmed case
                was reported on the 30 October 2021, with the case discharged on 4
                November 2021.

                The total number of EVD cases remains 11 as of 13 November 2021,
                including eight confirmed cases (with four community deaths) and three
                probable cases in Beni HZ.

                The overall case fatality rate (CFR) is 81.8% (9/11) and 75.0% (6/8)
                among confirmed cases.

                At the moment, three (17.0%) out of the 18 health areas in Beni HZ have
                reported confirmed cases, namely, Butsili (6 cases), Bundji (1 case) and
                Ngilinga (1 case) Children under the age of five years account for 50.0%
                (4/8) of the cases.

                In Beni HZ, a total of 227 contacts are listed and 205 (890.3%) are under
                active follow-up in 11 health areas. Of the total contacts, 13 (5.7%)
                contacts had never been seen in the past 21 days, and three contact are
                lost to follow-up.

                On 13 November 2021, a total of 183 new alerts were notified including
                9 deaths from Beni HZ. Of these, 127 (67.5%) were identified through
                active case search, 43 (22.8%) from health facilities, 15 (7.9%) from
                community and two from points of entry. In total 222 contacts were
                listed from seven HZs, of these 219 (98.6%) were investigated, 31
                (14.2%) were validated as suspected cases of EVD and samples were
                collected from 30 (96.8%) suspected cases.

                On 13 November 2021, two vaccination sites were operational and 18
                probable cases were vaccinated from Mabakanga (11) and Paida (7). A
                total of 608 persons have been vaccinated against EVD since the start of
                vaccination activities. These include 98 high risk contacts, 274 contacts
                of contacts and 236 probable contacts. Furthermore, 71 frontline health
                care workers were vaccinated including 11 high risk contacts, 9 contacts
                of contacts and 51 probable contacts.

                On 13 November 2021, 40 samples including 22 swabs from three HZ
                (Beni 27, Butembo 10 and Mabalako 3) were received and analysed at
                the laboratory, and none tested positive for EVD. Cumulatively, a total
                804 samples including 293 swabs have been collected, of which eight
                were confirmed EVD cases.

                PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

                The head of the Provincial Health division of North Kivu conducted
                a press briefing highlighting EVD outbreak response and prevention
                measures with emphasis on vaccination.

                Community sensitization was conducted at a school for the deaf
                where 42 persons participated from Ndindi area of Kanzulinzuli HA.

                In Butsili HA, 24 individuals were counselled on adherence to
                the 21days follow-up period. More so, four exit counselling were
                conducted for the non-cases discharged from the Beni EVD
                treatment Centre.

                A total of 12 740 home visits were conducted and 30 703 persons
                were sensitized on EVD prevention on 13 November 2021; 284
                alerts including 4 deaths were notified.

                Re-orientation of the health workforce for early detection, isolation,
                treatment of EVD cases as well as safe and dignified burials and the
                infection prevention and control ring approach continues. Infection
                prevention and control monitoring and education continues. A total
                of 163 health care workers from 15 HAs were sensitized on IPC
                standard practices. Thermo-scanners and hand wash kits were
                distributed in health facilities.

                Alert monitoring continues using both active and passive
                surveillance in health facilities and communities.

                Vaccination efforts continue around all confirmed cases.

                Laboratory analysis of samples from suspected EVD cases is also
                ongoing

                A total of 86 606 (97.8%) travellers were screened among the 88
                486 people who went through the different points of control; four
                alerts were investigated and one validated as suspect case and was
                isolated.

                Psychosocial care is being offered to the eight suspected cases
                including one at Beni EVD treatment Centre, and seven admitted at
                Butsili, Malepe and Kanzulinzuli isolation facilities and 15 caretakers
                and visitors. Psychosocial follow-up is also being conducted on
                the two recovered persons, two separated children, 15 affected
                families, 14 discharged persons and two orphans. In the community
                307 persons participated in 29 psychosocial sessions on different
                aspects of the EVD response.

                SITUATION INTERPRETATION

                The EVD outbreak in Beni HZ, North Kivu of the Democratic Republic
                of the Congo continues in the three affected health areas and no new
                confirmed case has been recorded in the past 14 days. However,
                inadequate EVD surveillance in communities poses risk for further
                spread.
                The response activities against EVD in Beni is currently affected by
                inadequate resources to mount a robust response, health care workers
                strike, lack of functional standardized isolation centres in some areas and
                challenges of optimal water supply at the points of entry.
                ...
                http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/h...0814112021.pdf
                "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                -Nelson Mandela

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                • #9
                  Translation google

                  Beni: no case of Ebola recorded for a month

                  Published on Tue, 11/30/2021 - 16:08 | Modified on Tue, 30/11/2021 - 16:08


                  No case of Ebola virus disease has been recorded in the areas of the Beni health zone since October 30.

                  The coordinator of the response in this region congratulates the health providers for their bravery but especially the population who have taken ownership of the fight against Ebola virus disease in the Beni health zone.

                  Dr Michel Tosalisana, response coordinator, let it be known on Monday in Beni, when the campaign was launched to receive the booster dose of the vaccine against Ebola virus disease in Beni.

                  For him, it is the result of the awareness of the population who voluntarily agreed to be vaccinated in order to curb the spread of the virus in the community.

                  Dr Michel Tosalisana also talks about insurance with the current licensed vaccine which is already available.

                  “It is since October 30 that we have no longer registered new cases. So hats off to you, the service providers, and to the community we work for. Last times we were using the experimental vaccine. And this time, the approved vaccine is there, we must be happy because, there are not many protocols, we can no longer sign a consent, because the vaccine is already approved ”.

                  He added that the hundreds of contact cases scattered around the community have been found and have voluntarily agreed to be vaccinated.

                  As a result, the health zone of Beni currently has no case of Ebola virus disease, said Dr Michel Tosalisana.

                  He calls on the population to continue with the observation of the health measures indicated by health professionals to block the road to this disease in the region.

                  https://www.radiookapi.net/2021/11/3...depuis-un-mois
                  "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                  -Nelson Mandela

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    WEEKLY BULLETIN ON OUTBREAKS
                    AND OTHER EMERGENCIES

                    Week 48: 22 – 28 November 2021
                    Data as reported by: 17:00; 28 November 2021

                    ...

                    Ebola virus disease Democratic Republic of the Congo

                    11 Cases
                    9 Death
                    81.8% CFR


                    EVENT DESCRIPTION

                    The last known confirmed case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in
                    Beni Health Zone (HZ) in North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic
                    of the Congo was reported on the 30 October 2021. Therefore, 29 days
                    have elapsed with no positive EVD case reported.

                    The total number of EVD cases remains 11 as of 28 November 2021,
                    including eight confirmed cases (with four community deaths) and three
                    probable cases in Beni HZ. Two EVD survivors have been registered.
                    The overall case fatality rate (CFR) is 81.8% (9/11) and 75.0% (6/8)
                    among confirmed cases.

                    Thus far, three (17.0%) out of the 18 health areas in Beni HZ have
                    reported confirmed cases, namely, Butsili (6 cases), Bundji (1 case) and
                    Ngilinga (1 case). Children under the age of five years account for 50.0%
                    (4/8) of the cases.

                    As of 27 November 2021, all the listed contacts had completed their 21
                    days of follow-up period and were discharged from active monitoring.
                    One of the contacts lost to follow up was found on day 35 in Butsili HA.
                    A total 30 contacts remain unseen since day 1 of their follow-up period.
                    A total of 266 new alerts were notified including three deaths from three
                    health zones, of which 216 (81.0%) were investigated and 25 (8.2%)
                    validated as EVD suspected cases. Blood samples were collected from
                    all suspected cases.

                    On 27 November 2021, 14 frontline healthcare workers were vaccinated
                    from three sites (10 in Ngongolio, 3 in Mandrandele and 1 in Mabakanga).
                    The total number of people vaccinated since the beginning of the
                    vaccination activities is 696, including 98 high risk contacts, 300 contacts
                    of contacts and 258 probable contacts with rVSV-ZEBOV-GP vaccine
                    and 40 frontline health care workers with ERVEBO vaccine. Furthermore,
                    121 frontline health care workers were vaccinated, including 11 high risk
                    contacts, 37 contacts of contacts and 73 probable contacts.

                    Since the declaration of the EVD outbreak in Beni HZ, a total 1 163
                    samples including 439 swabs have been collected, of which eight were
                    confirmed EVD cases.

                    PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

                    The Chief Health Officer of Beni presided over a zonal coordination
                    committee meeting, during which the official delivery of a nursery
                    at Beni EVD treatment centre was made.

                    Community sensitization was conducted at a school for the deaf
                    where 42 persons participated from Ndindi area of Kanzulinzuli HA.

                    Two interactive radio talk shows were conducted with a focus on
                    the importance of community-based surveillance as a strategy to
                    control EVD.

                    In Butsili HA, 24 individuals were counselled on adherence to
                    the 21-day follow-up period. More so, four exit counselling were
                    conducted for the non-cases discharged from the Beni EVD
                    treatment Centre.

                    A total of 14 243 home visits were conducted and 43 004 persons
                    were sensitized on EVD prevention on 27 November 2021; 263
                    alerts were notified.

                    Alert monitoring continues using both active and passive
                    surveillance in health facilities and communities. The response
                    team visited 228 health facilities for active case finding and 216
                    alerts were listed. A total of 210 (97.2%) alerts were investigated
                    and of these, nine (4.2%) were validated as suspected cases of EVD
                    and samples were collected.

                    Three suspected cases are currently under medical care at the
                    isolation facilities in Boikene (1) and Kanzulinzuli (2).

                    A total of 100 473 travellers were screened out of 102 555 persons
                    that went through the different points of control. Six alerts were
                    notified from travellers at the points of entry, and none was validated
                    as a suspected case of EVD.

                    The three suspected cases in isolation centres are being offered
                    psychological support services, including 12 care takers. In the
                    community, 209 persons participated in 25 psychosocial sessions
                    on different aspects of the EVD response.

                    SITUATION INTERPRETATION

                    In the past 29 days, no new confirmed case of EVD has been notified
                    in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Contact follow-up remains of
                    particular concern with many contacts lost to follow-up. Furthermore,
                    the response activities against EVD in Beni is currently affected by
                    inadequate resources for the response, and lack of efficient standardized
                    isolation centres in some areas.

                    ...
                    https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/...2228112021.pdf
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