Thursday, August 29, 2019
Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo reaches 3,000 cases and 2,000 deaths
As the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues, the number of Ebola cases has reached 3,000 and more than 2,000 deaths. Cases have recently been reported in previously unaffected areas in DRC and are now in 29 health zones and in a new province, South Kivu, which increases the risk of disease spread both locally within DRC and to neighboring countries. As of August 28, the DRC Ministry of Health has reported 3,004 cases and 2,006 deaths.
“Far too many lives have been lost in this Ebola outbreak. The DRC, U.S. government, and international partners are working hard to overcome the significant challenges to stopping the spread of this disease in DRC,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “CDC is prepared for a long-term public health response in DRC and its neighboring countries, and we agree with our World Health Organization colleagues about the need for a change in the response to bring this outbreak to an end.”
CDC has recently doubled the number of outbreak response experts in DRC and will have 30 responders on the ground by September 1 to work on case investigation, contact tracing, disease tracking, safe burials, community engagement and risk communication, laboratory testing, and border health. CDC staff have conducted more than 360 deployments.
CDC’s Emergency Operations Center continues to provide 24/7 technical assistance to the ministries of health of DRC and neighboring countries, in collaboration with international partners, to ensure the response is robust, well-coordinated, and focused on bringing the outbreak to an end.
MMWR News Synopsis for Friday, August 30, 2019
Notes From the Field:
Mumps in Detention Facilities that House Detained Migrants — United States, September 2018–July 2019
The first known outbreaks of mumps in detention facilities have resulted in the spread of mumps to over 50 detention facilities in 19 states since September 2018. From September 1, 2018 to August 22, 2019, a total of 898 mumps cases in adult migrants in 57 detention facilities were reported in 19 states, with another 33 cases among detention facility staff. While more than 150 outbreaks have been reported in the U.S. since 2015 – most often in close-contact settings such as universities – this is the first time mumps outbreaks have been reported in detention facilities. CDC was first notified about the outbreaks by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) in December last year. Since that time, CDC has been working with state and local health departments, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Health Service Corps (IHSC), and other federal agencies to assist detention facility health administrators to develop and implement mumps outbreak control measures.