When a large outbreak is occurring, many times there is misinformation about what is occurring, and certain topics are overlooked causing some information to be missed.  Such is the case with children and the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Unprecedented numbers of children are currently being affected by this outbreak.  In October of 2018, there were reports that as many as 60% of newly reported cases in and around Beni were children under the age of 16.1   A more recent report noted that 1 in 10 children diagnosed with Ebola are under the age of 5, and children are more likely to die from their infections than adults.2 That total percentage of children affected during this outbreak is averaged to be about 30% at this time.3

This shocking statistic raises the question about pediatric preparedness in this type of situation.  What are we doing today to prepare for a child who may need care?  There are many factors to consider when caring for children with Ebola, so a multifaceted approach to preparedness is key.  Children have clinical presentations different than those of adults and a higher mortality rate.  Furthermore, countermeasure options can look different, and pediatrics require unique, specialized care. Take a look at this recently published white paper that discusses some of the key areas you should consider in your pediatric preparedness plan. 4

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https://www.statnews.com/2018/10/19/ebola-outbreak-new-mystery-children/,
http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2018/12/ebola-outbreak-grows-drc-issues-alerts-goma,
https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/six-months-ebola-outbreak-eastern-democratic-republic-congo-now-second-largest,
4 https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/hs.2018.0074