Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1976-2014: Figures and Data

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Rosello, A, Mossoko, M, Flasche, S, Vanhoek, A, Mbala, P, Camacho, A, Funk, S, Kucharski, A, Ilunga, BK, Edmunds, J, Piot, P, Baguelin, M and Tamfum, JM. 2015. Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1976-2014: Figures and Data. [Online]. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom. Available from: 10.17037/DATA.30

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo has experienced the most outbreaks of Ebola virus disease since the virus' discovery in 1976. This dataset contains details on all outbreaks in this country, comprising 996 cases. The study found that, compared to patients over 15 years old, the odds of dying were significantly lower in patients aged 5 to 15 and higher in children under five (with 100% mortality in those under 2 years old). The odds of dying increased by 11% per day that a patient was not hospitalised. Outbreaks with an initially high reproduction number, R (>3), were rapidly brought under control, whilst outbreaks with a lower initial R caused longer and generally larger outbreaks. These findings can inform the choice of target age groups for interventions and highlight the importance of both reducing the delay between symptom onset and hospitalisation and rapid national and international response.

Published in a 3rd party system Date: 3 November 2015
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Data Creators(s): Rosello, A, Mossoko, M, Flasche, S, Vanhoek, A, Mbala, P, Camacho, A, Funk, S, Kucharski, A, Ilunga, BK, Edmunds, J, Piot, P, Baguelin, M and Tamfum, JM
LSHTM Faculty/Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Participating Institutions: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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