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)
On 15 June 2018, five new suspected EVD cases were reported in Bikoro Health Zone. Six laboratory specimens (from suspected cases reported previously) tested negative. No new confirmed EVD cases and no new deaths were reported on the reporting date. Since 17 May 2018, no new confirmed EVD cases have been reported in Bikoro and Wangata health zones, while the last confirmed case-patient in Iboko Health Zone developed illness on 2 June 2018 and was confirmed 6 June 2018. To date, a total 24 case-patients with confirmed EVD have been cured since the onset of the outbreak. Since the beginning of the outbreak (on 4 April 2018), a total of 57 EVD cases and 28 deaths (case fatality rate 49.1%) have been reported, as of 15 June 2018. (WHO, 15 Jun 2018)
On 27 June 2018, all the people who were exposed to the last confirmed EVD case-patient completed their mandatory 21-day follow up without developing symptoms. This is an important milestone. The last confirmed EVD case in Equateur Province was cured and discharged from the Ebola treatment centre (ETC)[.] (WHO, 3 Jul 2018)
On 3 July 2018, WHO reviewed the level of public health risk associated with the current outbreak. The latest assessment concluded that the current [EVD] outbreak has largely been contained, considering that over 21 days (one maximum incubation period) have elapsed since the last laboratory-confirmed case was discharged and that contact tracing activities ended on 27 June 2018. However, there remains a risk of resurgence from potentially undetected transmission chains and possible sexual transmission of the virus by male survivors. It is therefore, critical to maintain all key response pillars until the end of the outbreak is declared. (WHO, 6 Jul 2018)
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Date of information: 11 May 2018
1. Situation update
CFR 52.9 %
On 8 May 2018, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Bikoro Health Zone, Equateur Province. This is the ninth outbreak of Ebola virus disease over the last four decades in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the most recent occurring in May 2017.
MISE A JOUR DE LA SITUATION / POINTS SAILLANTS
4 nouveaux cas rapportés (4 cas suspects) ce jour ;
1 décès (personnel de sante);
Depuis le début des notifications, on a un total de 32 cas dont 18 décès: 2 confirmés, 12 suspects, 18 probables.
Trois personnels de santé affectes : deux (2) cas suspects et un (1) décès ;
Surveillance active des cas en cours dans les zones de santé (ZS) de Bikoro, Ingende et Iboko ;
Brussels, 11 May 2018
Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and EU Ebola Coordinator Christos Stylianides issues the following statement:
URGENCES – Découvrez les dernières informations sur la crise d’Ebola dans la zone de santé de Bikoro et la réponse du gouvernement, de l’UNICEF et de leurs partenaires pour contrôler l’épidémie.
Le jeudi 3 mai 2018, la Division Provinciale de la Santé a signalé 21 cas de fièvre hémorragique et 17 décès dans l’aire de santé d’Ikoko Impinge, zone de santé de Bikoro. L’ensemble des cas signalés proviennent de 5 villages de l’aire de santé d’Ikoko Impinge.
Chikwe Ihekweazu, Senior Honorary Lecturer on Infectious Diseases, UCL
Kampala 10/05/2018 – On May 8, 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Western border town of Bikoro. Two cases since been confirmed with several suspected cases.
Bikoro town is located 1,945 kilometers away from the Ugandan border at Mpondwe, Kasese.
(New York, 11 May 2018) Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, has announced an immediate $2 million allocation from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help humanitarian partners in the DRC fight and contain a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD).
“We know that coordinated early response will be critical containing this outbreak. This CERF allocation will help our humanitarian partners to deliver vital services to people in affected communities and to stop the spread of the virus,” said ERC Lowcock.
Après l’annonce du Gouvernement de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) le 8 mai dernier d’une nouvelle épidémie de la maladie à Virus Ebola dans la Province de l’Equateur, les équipes de l’UNICEF se mobilisent pour aider à contenir la propagation de la maladie.
On 8 May 2018, WHO was notified by the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo of two confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease occurring in Bikoro health zone, Equateur province.
• As of Thursday 3 May 2018, the provincial health division reported 21 suspected cases of viral hemorrhagic fever and 17 deaths in Ikoko Impinge health area of Bikoro health zone. All the cases were reported from 5 villages in Ikoko Impinge health area.
• 08 May 2018, the Ministry of Public Health (MOH) in DRC made a public declaration to confirm two cases of Ebola among 5 cases for which blood samples were investigated in the Bikoro Health Zone of Equateur Province of the Country.
The UK government is working with the government of DRC and World Health Organization (WHO) following the confirmation of two cases of the disease this week.
The UK government is working with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to monitor the situation and be ready to act quickly to tackle the spread of the disease.
International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:
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ENTEBBE, UGANDA - Air Serv has placed an aircraft on standby for first responders to an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The country’s health ministry released a statement on May 9th confirming a new outbreak of the virus in the province of Bikoro, located in the northwestern part of the country. Seventeen deaths have already been confirmed.
Saurimo - The eastern Lunda Sul province is intensifying epidemiological actions on border with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), aimed at preventing Ebola virus from entering Angolan territory.
The information was released Wednesday in by the acting director of the Provincial Health Office in Lunda Sul, Gomes Txipilica.
"In view of human trafficking and trade activity on border zones, we will reinforce our surveillance teams, mainly on Cassai Sul and Chiluange border,” Gomes Txipilica told the journalists.
By ELIZABETH MERAB
Kenya is on a high alert following an Ebola outbreak that has killed 17 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In a statement on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the ministry will be conducting routine screening of all travellers at points of entry including at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), and Busia and Malaba along Kenya's border with Uganda.
“In these places, we have installed thermal guns to detect any person with elevated temperatures,” said Ms Kariuki.
Addis-Abeba, le 9 mai 2018 - Une nouvelle épidémie de la maladie à virus Ebola a été déclarée le 8 mai 2018 par le gouvernement de la République démocratique du Congo après que deux échantillons aient été testés positifs à Ebola à Bikoro, dans la province de l'Équateur.
Addis Ababa, 09 May 2018- A new outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was declared on 08 May 2018 by the Government of Democratic Republic of Congo after two samples tested positive for EVD in Bikoro, Equateur Province.
Le 8 mai 2018, le Ministère de la santé de la République démocratique du Congo a notifié à l’OMS 2 cas confirmés de maladie à virus Ebola dans la zone de santé de Bikoro (Province de l’Équateur).
Depuis le mardi 8 mai 2018, la République Démocratique du Congo fait face à une nouvelle épidémie de la maladie à virus Ebola qui constitue une urgence de santé publique de portée internationale.
An emergency team with the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working with the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other international organizations to assess and support a rapid response to an Ebola outbreak in the country, confirmed by national health authorities on May 8. The MSF team is based in the Bikoro health zone of the Equateur Province and in Kinshasa. It will support the deployment of a rapid and tailored response to better detect suspected cases and contain the epidemic.