The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) grew by 24 cases today and over the weekend, including several case-contacts who refused or delayed vaccination after family members fell ill.

Since Saturday, 8 new cases were reported in Katwa, 6 in Vuhovi, and 5 in Masereka. Butembo, Kyondo, and Kalunguta also reported cases. Twelve new deaths were reported, including eight community deaths.

The new cases bring the outbreak total to 960 cases, including 603 deaths. A total of 172 suspected cases are still under investigation.

As of today, 89,173 people have been vaccinated with Merck’s VSV-EBOV, including 22,470 in Katwa, 20,956 in Beni, and 10,972 in Butembo.

Family cluster in Vuhovi refused vaccination

(CC BY-ND 2.0), flickr, UNMEER/Martine Perret

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See also:

Mar 16 DRC report

Mar 17 DRC report

Mar 18 DRC report

Mar 16 Express story