News Scan for May 03, 2021

End to DRC Ebola outbreak
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Canadian variant flu cases
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DRC declares end to its latest Ebola outbreak

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) health ministry today declared the end of the country's 12th Ebola outbreak, given that 42 days have passed with no new cases since the last patient was released from treatment.

The outbreak began on Feb 7 in North Kivu province in the same area where a large outbreak took place from 2018 to 2020. Genetic sequencing suggests that the outbreak was linked to the previous event, but the source of the infection hasn't yet been determined.

Eleven cases were confirmed, plus one probable infection across four of North Kivu's health zones. Six people died from their infections.

In a statement today, the World Health Organization (WHO) congratulated DRC health officials and healthcare workers in their battle against Ebola in the country's fourth outbreak in less than 3 years. Response workers vaccinated nearly 2,000 people. In a separate statement, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said, "Today's declaration of an end to the latest Ebola outbreak in the in Democratic Republic of the Congo is a testament to the professionalism, sacrifices, and collaboration by hundreds of true health heroes, in particular the Congolese responders.

Also, Rochelle Walensky, MD, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) commended the DRC health ministry for bringing the outbreak to an end and said the CDC is proud to have been part of the effort and remains committed to supporting the DRC's Ebola efforts.

Guinea has started counting down the days until the end of its current outbreak. Its last confirmed case was released from treatment last weekend.
May 3 WHO statement
May 3 Tedros statement
May 3 CDC media statement

 

Canada reports 2 unlinked variant flu cases

Health officials in Manitoba recently announced two unrelated variant influenza cases, which involved different viruses in patients who had indirect or direct contact with pigs, according to an Apr 30 statement from the Manitoba government.

The infections were detected in April as part of regular influenza surveillance. The patients had mild symptoms, were tested and were negative for COVID-19, and recovered. One patient had H1N2v and another had H1N1v.

Investigations have found no other related cases. Officials said sporadic variant flu cases have been reported in North America over the past decade. They noted that the H1N1v case is Canada's second and the first since 2012 and added that the United States reported two H1N1v cases during the 2020-21 season. As for H1N2v, Canada reported its last such case in Alberta in 2020.
Apr 30 Manitoba government statement

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