DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - May 2018Ongoing
The Government of the [DRC] declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Bikoro in Equateur Province today...The outbreak declaration occurred after laboratory results confirmed two cases of EVD. (WHO, 8 May 2018)
From 4 April through 9 May 2018, a total of 32 [EVD] cases (among which two are confirmed, 18 probable and 12 suspected cases) were reported from Bikoro health zone, Equateur province, including 18 deaths. Three of the 32 cases were among healthcare workers...All cases were reported from the catchment area of the Ikoko-Impenge health facility, located 30 km from the central health zone office of Bikoro, which is 280 km by road from Mbandaka, the capital of Equateur province. Of the 21 initially reported cases on 8 May 2018, 17 had epidemiological links (potential contacts with another suspect case). (WHO, 10 May 2018)
As of 11 May 2018, there are a total of 34 cases, with 18 deaths (case fatality rate 52.9%), among which two cases are confirmed, 14 suspected and 18 probable. Three health workers have been affected, with two suspected cases and a probable case who died. (WHO, 11 May 2018)
The affected community, Ikoko Impenge, is situated in the Bikoro Health Zone of the Equateur province of the DRC. The epicentre is a very remote village; Ikoko Impenge health area is not covered by mobile telephone networks but is accessible by road (though access is difficult especially with the ongoing rainy season). There are currently suspected 10 cases in treatment in two different facilities. Ikoko Impenge health area covers 15km and includes 5 villages, all of which have reported suspected cases. This area of DRC has not suffered previous documented Ebola outbreaks before the current outbreak. (IFRC, 14 May 2018)
One new case of [EVD] has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in Equateur Province. (WHO, 17 May 2018)
The 1st meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding [EVD] outbreak in [DRC] took place on...18 May 2018...It was the view of the Committee that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have not currently been met. (WHO, 18 May 2018)
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Dans le nord-ouest de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), le nouveau bilan de l’épidémie d’Ebola fait état de 22 décès et de 52 cas (31 confirmés, 13 probables et 8 suspects), a annoncé vendredi l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) qui a revu à la baisse ses premiers chiffres.
« Il s’agit du bilan total des cas de fièvre hémorragique qui ont été signalés dans la région à la date du 23 mai » a déclaré le porte-parole de l’OMS, Tarik Jasarevic, lors d’un point de presse à Genève.
L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) et le Groupe de la Banque mondiale ont présenté aujourd’hui un nouveau mécanisme visant à renforcer la sécurité sanitaire mondiale au moyen d’un suivi indépendant rigoureux et de l’établissement de rapports réguliers sur l’état de préparation pour faire face aux flambées, aux pandémies et aux autres situations d’urgence ayant des conséquences sanitaires.
1. Situation update
The escape of three patients infected with the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the hospital where they were being treated is “not unexpected”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, underlining the need to step up efforts to explain the dangers of the deadly disease to affected communities.
Two of the three patients died after leaving an isolation unit in Wangata hospital in Mbandaka city in the last week, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic confirmed.
Since 3 May 2018, a total of 52 cases (31 confirmed, 13 probable, 8 suspected) have been reported, including 22 deaths (13 probable and 9 confirmed) in three health zones in Equateur province (Bikoro, Iboko, Wangata).
On 21 May 2018, the Ebola vaccination was launched by the Minister of Health with participation of the DSRSG/RC/HC, the WHO Representative and UNICEF Deputy Representative. UNICEF is leading the communication component of the vaccination.
Kinshasa – Last week, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), cases of Ebola were confirmed in Mbandaka, a city with a population of 1.2 million people some 150 kilometres from where the outbreak originated in Bikoro Health Zone, Equateur Province.
The fact that Mbandaka is connected by river routes to DRC’s capital Kinshasa as well as cities in the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, has fuelled concerns that the disease could spread more widely.
WASHINGTON — Two Ebola patients who fled a hospital quarantine area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo later attended a prayer meeting, potentially exposing at least 50 participants to the dangerous virus.
Les enfants continuent d’être à risque et sont affectés par l’épidémie d’Ebola en cours en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), ce qui rend essentiel que leur santé et leur bien-être soient prioritaires dans la réponse.
Children continue to be at risk and are affected by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), making it essential that their health and wellbeing are prioritized in the response.
“Schools are crucial for engaging children and their communities in the fight against Ebola,” said Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF Representative in the DRC, traveling back from the affected region. “That’s why UNICEF is putting in place measures to minimize the risk of transmission in schools, including temperature taking and handwashing.”
Le 8 mai 2018, le Ministère de la santé de la République démocratique du Congo a déclaré l’existence d’une flambée de maladie à virus Ebola. C’est la neuvième flambée de maladie à virus Ebola observée dans le pays au cours des 40 dernières années, la dernière s’étant produite en mai 2017 (Figure 1). On trouvera davantage d’informations sur cette flambée dans les rapports de situation accessibles par les liens ci-dessous.
This is the ninth Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the discovery of the virus in 1976.
Delegates to the World Health Assembly heard today that the next few weeks would tell whether the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo would continue to expand to urban areas or could be kept under control. Vaccination of high-risk populations began earlier this week in the affected area of the country, a densely forested area covering hundreds of kilometres and which is largely without roads or electricity.
Soyo - At least 14 health technicians in Soyo town, northern Zaire province, were deployed along the Mwanda region and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border to bolster the surveillance and avoid the spread of Ebola outbreak hitting that neighbouring country.
This was told to Angop on Wednesday in Soyo city by the local health director, Pedro Lussukamo.
He underlined that the referred health technicians and partners increased the epidemiological surveillance measures at local ports and airports.