Ebola

Second Person Dies from Ebola in Uganda After Outbreak Crosses border

A second person infected with the Ebola virus has died in Uganda, the health ministry said Thursday, after a family exposed to the disease quietly crossed the border from Congo.The first cross-border cases in this Ebola outbreak -- the s...

Joburg Post·6 months ago

How Africa’s Porous Borders Make it Difficult to Contain Ebola

More than 2000 cases of Ebola have been recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since last August. Now, despite authorities’ efforts – such as screening millions of travellers moving between the DRC and its neighbours – th...

Joburg Post·6 months ago

Tanzania on “high alert” After Ebola Cases in Uganda

The Tanzanian Minister of Health issued an “alert” on Sunday following the outbreak of Ebola cases this week in Uganda, a country with which Tanzania shares a long border.“I would like to alert the public to the existence of a threat of ...

Neo Sithole·6 months ago

Kenya Responded Fast to Ebola Scare, but Cross-Border Risk Remains High

The second largest Ebola virus disease outbreak on record is currently raging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with over 2,000 cases and more than 1,400 deaths recorded. Uganda, which shares a long and porous border with DRC...

Joburg Post·6 months ago

Ebola Case Confirmed at South Sudan Border

Authorities have confirmed an Ebola case not far from the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) border with South Sudan, a country with a healthcare system weakened by years of civil war, making it vulnerable to the potential spread o...

Joburg Post·5 months ago

Context Matters in Fighting Ebola: Lessons From West Africa for the DRC

There seems to be no end in sight to the Ebola outbreak that has swept through the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since last August. By 19 June, nearly 1500 peoplehad died. Uganda is on high alert after three positive cases, two ...

Joburg Post·5 months ago

How the DRC’s Ebola Crisis Has Led to Children Dying from Measles

Forty-five years ago, the World Health Organisation launched the Expanded Programme on Immunisation. It covered six diseases – measles, tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. Since then, anti-measles vaccines have been d...

Joburg Post·5 months ago

Rwanda on High Alert after Confirmed Spread of Ebola in Eastern DRC

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed on Sunday that the Ebola virus had spread to the Eastern city of Goma. This is the first case in the lakeside city of 1 million people, which is more than 350 km (220 miles) south o...

Joburg Post·5 months ago

Why Declaring Ebola a Public Health Emergency Isn’t a Silver Bullet

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. It took the decision based on International Health Regulations agreed i...

Joburg Post·5 months ago

Tshisekedi has taken over the DRC’s Ebola response. How he can make a difference

JBThe most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rages on. There’s been a continued increase in the number of new cases for a year since the outbreak was first declared. This is despite the extensive use of ...

Mosoka Fallah·4 months ago

Hospital Ebola Spread Confirmed in South Kivu, DRC

The World Health Organization (WHO) said today the third case of Ebola identified in South Kivu province was in a patient who contracted the virus at a health center where other Ebola patients had been treated. The details on the nosocom...

Stephanie Soucheray·4 months ago