For the second day in a row, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported a record number of Ebola infections—this time, 20 cases—putting an exclamation point on the outbreak ahead of tomorrow’s World Health Organization (WHO) emergency committee meeting to assess whether the developments constitute a public health emergency declaration.

In another concerning development, the country’s health ministry said two workers at Butembo’s airport were taken to the local Ebola treatment center after tests confirmed the virus. The small earthen airport receives only small carriers. The Air Rale agent and porter had attended an unsafe burial of a friend who died from Ebola.

Today, health officials vaccinated all of the airport’s agents and disinfected facilities.

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See also:

Apr 11 DRC Ebola update

Apr 11 WHO Ebola outbreak update

Apr 11 ECCMID news release

Apr 11 ECCMID abstract