The new cases raise the total number of healthcare workers infected in this outbreak to 131, including 41 deaths. Health workers make up 5% of all the victims of this outbreak, according to DRC data. The World Health Organization (WHO), however, in its latest Disease Outbreak News update, puts the number of infected health workers at 132.

Nurses bear brunt of illness

The WHO also provided new epidemiologic details on infected health workers.

“Of the 128 health workers with information available, the greatest proportion is among health workers at health posts [poste de santé] (20%, n = 26) and private health facilities (35%, n = 45). Three health workers—two of them vaccinated—are among the latest Ebola cases, according to yesterday’s update from the ministry of health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The health workers are from Beni, Katwa, and Kalunguta. The ministry of health said the unvaccinated worker was from Kalunguta and died in a community health center in that town. They are among nine cases that DRC officials confirmed yesterday.

The majority (68%, n = 87) of health worker infections were among nurses,” the WHO said.

Today the DRC will likely confirm 14 more cases, raising the outbreak total to 2,451 cases according to the WHO’s Ebola dashboard. Yesterday the DRC confirmed a new health zone, Mambasa, in Ituri province is affected, where a mother and her 8-year-old son died from the disease.

As of yesterday, officials have confirmed a total of 1,646 deaths, and 358 suspected cases still under investigation.

Credit: CDC

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See also

Jul 10 DRC report

Jul 11 WHO Disease Outbreak News update

WHO Ebola dashboard

Jul 10 Washington Post article