Malaria has claimed more than 1,800 lives in Burundi so far this year—roughly the same toll as the yearlong Ebola outbreak in the DRC that has captured global attention.   Cases of malaria have nearly doubled in Burundi this year to 5.7 million, according to a recent UN…

Authorities fighting Ebola are expressing cautious optimism on containing Goma’s outbreak—but steep challenges remain.    By today, all but 5 of 800 contacts of the city’s 3 cases were vaccinated; no additional cases have emerged.   Still, health workers face some suspicion…

A year ago today, the WHO confirmed the first 4 Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s latest outbreak. Back then, hopes were high that a vaccine could squash the outbreak quickly. Experts now say it could drag on for months or years, NPR reports.

The nightmare may be happening. 4 Ebola cases have now been confirmed in Goma, a city of 1 million people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Reuters reports.   The latest case is the wife of a man who died earlier this week. His daughter also tested positive.…

Ebola researchers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have adapted to working in a war zone, Amy Maxmen reports in Nature. A massive vaccination campaign pivoted to deter attacks, researchers are rushing to complete genomic sequencing of virus samples, and an…

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s health minister, Oly Olunga, has resigned after President Felix Tshisekedi removed him as head of the response to the country's Ebola response. In a year-long outbreak that has killed over 1,700 people, some experts welcomed the change…

A WHO emergency committee is meeting this morning to consider for a fourth time whether to declare the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo a public health emergency of international concern, CIDRAP reports. A decision is expected any moment.  

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are appealing for calm after the death of the first recorded Ebola patient in the key transit city of Goma, France24 reports.  

Ebola has reached Goma, a city of 2 million people, marking a dreaded milestone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's outbreak, AP reports.

The Ebola virus currently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is notoriously elusive—especially for scientists wanting to study it. Samples from the DRC’s last 4 outbreaks have not been shared internationally.