The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continued to increase, with 752 reported cases and 465 reported deaths as of 29 January 2019. Since the outbreak, 63 health-care workers in the DRC have been infected, and 21 died. The risk of the disease spreading to neighbouring countries, including South Sudan, remains very high. In Yambio, on 28 January, the vaccination of front line healthcare workers against EVD started. The vaccinations will take place in Yei in the first week of February 2019, and will be extended to other high-risk states including Tambura, Maridi and Torit. The construction of two EVD isolation units in Yambio and Yei was completed in January, and the construction of an isolation unit in Nimule is in progress. Six other locations have been identified for isolation centres. Nineteen out of the 39 identified screening points are currently operational.
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs