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04 Mar 2005 description

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

NAIROBI, 4 March (IRIN) - An assessment by the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) has shown that future outbreaks of plague, associated with a diamond mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, are likely, the agency reported on Thursday.

In an update on the pneumonic plague that broke out in February in Zobia territory in the northeastern province of Orientale, the head of the WHO team in Zobia, Dr Eric Bertherat, said there was a risk that another outbreak could occur since the wet season was due and …

22 Feb 2005 description

Pulmonary plague is virulent, spreading between humans through airborne transmission (such as coughs and sneezes) and is quickly fatal. The incubation period ranges from 24 to 72 hours and death through asphyxiation comes within one day.

22 Feb 2005 description

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18 Feb 2005 description

As of 15 February 2005, WHO has received reports of 61 deaths of pneumonic plague in Ituri district, Oriental province in the northern part of the country (see map below). The total number of cases is still not known. Preliminary results from rapid diagnostic tests in the area confirm pneumonic plague, and the cases had clinical features compatible with this disease. Forty samples have been taken and will be tested by culture and serology at the Institut de la Recherche Biomedicale, Kinshasa. No cases of bubonic plague have been reported to date.