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Nyiragongo volcano erupts in Democratic Republic of Congo: Reports

Moscow/Sputnik: Nyiragongo volcano in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, located on the border with Rwanda, began to erupt, the Rwandan broadcaster RBA reported on Saturday, citing eyewitnesses.

Latest deadly Ebola virus outbreak in DR Congo declared over

New York: The 12th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was declared officially over on Monday, just three months after the first case was reported in North Kivu, but it marks the end of the country’s fourth outbreak of the deadly disease in less than three years, said the World Health Organization (WHO).

Researchers find rare group of people with controlled HIV who could be a key to unlocking cure

Kolkata: American multinational medical devices and health care company Abbott announced on Friday that a team of scientists has found an unusually high number of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who test positive for HIV antibodies, but have low to non-detectable viral load counts – without the use of anti-retroviral treatment.

West Africa steps up efforts to tackle latest Ebola threat

New York: As a new Ebola outbreak threatens Guinea, six neighboring countries are urgently scaling up preparation and response efforts to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

WHO regional department in DR Congo says 11th outbreak of Ebola virus defeated

Moscow/Sputnik: DR Congo has overcome the eleventh outbreak of the Ebola virus, which had been circulating for half a year in the Central African nation, the World Health Organization (WHO) regional department announced on Wednesday.

WHO concerned about growing Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

New York: The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are concerned about the growing Ebola outbreak in the northwestern province of Equateur, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as they face critical funding gaps amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN health agency said on Thursday

WHO to support DR Congo as Ebola resurfaces in the northwest

New York: The World Health Organization (WHO) will assist the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as it confronts a new Ebola outbreak in the northwest amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and other challenges, agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

Child vaccinations down in DR Congo, and COVID-19 is not helping: UNICEF

New York/IBNS: Fewer children are getting vaccinated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the COVID-19 pandemic is almost certainly going to make matters worse, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says. If the trend continues, it could trigger a resurgence in deadly childhood diseases such as polio, chickenpox, measles, yellow fever, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and meningitis.

Coronavirus poses latest threat to battered health system in DR Congo

New York/IBNS: The looming threat of the new coronavirus disease COVID-19 is just the latest challenge to the beleaguered health care system in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is struggling with deadly measles and cholera epidemics that have killed thousands of children over the past year, the UN children’s fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

DR Congo: With Ebola on the wane, UN agencies prepare to combat coronavirus

New York/IBNS: After more than a year of battling an Ebola virus outbreak that killed more than 2,200 people, UN officials are “cautiously optimistic” that the epidemic in the northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will soon be history as the country gears up to face the emerging threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern

New York/IBNS: The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains an international public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva concluded on Wednesday.

More international support needed to curb deadly measles outbreak in DR Congo

New York/IBNS: Countries are being asked to step up assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which is facing the world’s worst measles epidemic, with more than 6,000 deaths since the start of last year.

‘Air bridge’ vaccination operation begins for Ebola-hit communities in DR Congo

New York/IBNS: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has seen an increase in the number of reported cases of the deadly haemorrhagic virus Ebola linked to ongoing violence by armed groups targeting remote communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Ebola emergency chief decries new attacks on frontline staff, after DR Congo worker death

New York/IBNS: Security measures for staff helping to fight health emergencies need to be stepped up urgently, a UN health agency top official said on Monday, after a frontline Ebola epidemic community worker was reportedly stabbed to death at his home in northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Ebola on the run in DR Congo, ‘now we have to kill the virus’: UN health agency

New York: Efforts to eradicate the deadly Ebola epidemic in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are proving successful but “now we have to kill the virus”, the UN health agency said on Thursday.