Amid uncertainty in notifications of new Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) related to changes in the government’s outbreak management, World Health Organization (WHO) online tracking shows 5 more infections today, lifting the outbreak total to 2,597.

Yesterday, the DRC’s health minister, Oly Ilunga Kalenga, MD, resigned following the DRC president’s decision to shift outbreak response management to a government expert committee.

Late in the day, the health ministry released a daily report, which it said would be the last to come from the health ministry’s press team. The daily detailed reports—which have covered cases, deaths, vaccination progress, security incidents, health worker infections, and other developments—have been widely praised for their detail and timeliness.

The health ministry said all future response communications will be managed directly by the office of DRC President Felix Tshisekedi.

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Two more health workers infected

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