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31 May 2018 description
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Figure 1: Confirmed and probable Ebola virus disease cases by date of illness onset from 4 April through 25 May 2018 (n=46)
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Figure 2: Confirmed and probable Ebola virus disease cases by age and sex from 4 April through 25 May 2018 (n=47)
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Figure 3: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ebola cases per Health Zone in Equateur province from 4 April through 27 May 20182

Since the last Disease Outbreak News on 23 May 2018, six additional cases have been laboratory confirmed for Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Recently available information has enabled the classification of some cases to be updated1 .

31 May 2018 description

Cela fait 10 jours que Jean René* a perdu son frère, décédé de la maladie à virus Ebola (MVE). «La femme de mon frère est venue s'installer avec ma famille», a déclaré Jean René, qui vit dans une communauté située à une vingtaine de kilomètres au nord de Mbandaka, le premier centre urbain de la République démocratique du Congo à avoir signalé des cas confirmés de MVE au cours de la flambée qui sévit actuellement dans le pays.

31 May 2018 description

Huambo - Angolan Government has vowed to reduce the risk of introducing Ebola virus into the country from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

This was confirmed Wednesday by minister of Health Sílvia Lutukuta, who alluded to the country’s reviving emergency and multi-sector contingency plan.

Sílvia Lutukuta was speaking at the opening session of the 28th Consultative Council of the sector, held in central Huambo province.

30 May 2018 description

Los Angeles

An airlift of International Medical Corps medical shelters and other lifesaving relief supplies departed the FedEx Memphis World Hub early this morning, bound for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where a recent outbreak of Ebola has entered an alarming phase.

30 May 2018 description

It’s been ten days since Jean René* lost his brother to Ebola virus disease (EVD).

"My brother’s wife has come to live with my family," said Jean René, who lives in a community about 20 kilometers north of Mbandaka, the first urban centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo to have confirmed cases of EVD during the current outbreak.

Though mourning the loss of his brother, Jean René is comforted because his sister-in-law and the rest of his extended family have received the vaccine against Ebola.

30 May 2018 description

Summary

Since the Ebola epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was declared on 8 May 2018, 54 people who presented symptoms of haemorrhagic fever, including 35 confirmed Ebola cases, and 25 deaths (of whom 12 were confirmed as Ebola)*, have been notified by the national health authorities in the Equateur region, in the west of the country, where the outbreak started.

Current situation

30 May 2018 description

24th May 2018 - Geneva, Switzerland: The Troika Ministers of Health in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held an Extra Ordinary Meeting on 23rd May 2018, in the margins of the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Ministers urged all SADC Member States to prioritize working together in support of a unified, coordinated and effective response to Ebola and any future disease outbreaks and issued a statement in which they:

30 May 2018 description
report IRIN

Passengers and boat crews express concern at the lack of screening for the virus

As fish-seller Josephine Ikoko prepares to board a barge from Mbandaka to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, she is painfully aware of the heightened risk of catching Ebola, which has already reached the outskirts of this city of one million people.

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30 May 2018 description

The Australian Government will increase its efforts to support international organisations to respond to infectious disease outbreaks in developing countries.

Australia will contribute $4 million to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Contingency Fund for Emergencies to enable quick and effective mobilisation of WHO responses to outbreaks. This commitment will support the WHO Contingency Fund's containment efforts in the recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

29 May 2018 description

Latest figures (source: DRC Ministry of Health, as of May 28, 2018)

Since the Ebola epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was declared on May 8, 2018, 54 people have presented symptoms of hemorrhagic fever, including 35 confirmed Ebola cases and 25 deaths (of whom 12 were confirmed as Ebola).

MSF Operations (Updated 5/28/2018)

Staff on the ground: 60 international and 106 national staff

Supplies sent: 60 metric tons

29 May 2018 description

1. Situation update

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is still active. On 27 May 2018, one new suspected EVD case was reported in Wangata. Three laboratory specimens from suspected cases reported previously in Iboko (1), Ntondo (1) and Wangata (1) health zones have tested negative (noncases). There were no new confirmed cases and deaths.

29 May 2018 description

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 — Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) yesterday started vaccinating Ebola frontline workers in Bikoro, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the organisation has been working with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) over the past few weeks. This trial vaccination will also be offered to contacts of patients.

29 May 2018 description
  • The influx of refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that began in mid-December 2017, following the eruption of interethnic violence in Ituri continues – adding to the influx from North Kivu.

  • All new arrivals from the DRC are granted refugee status by the Government of Uganda on a prima facie basis. Partners provide reception assistance and relocation to settlements.

  • The Uganda Operation is currently reviewing the DRC component of the Uganda integrated RRP, based on the new planning figure of 150,000 new refugee arrivals in 2018.

29 May 2018 description
report IRIN

A new financial mechanism that frees up emergency funding to ward off a pandemic has been activated for the first time, in response to an outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Efforts to halt the outbreak received an injection of $12 million from the new World Bank fund and, if Ebola spreads to other countries and infects more people, hundreds of millions more could be released from a sister insurance scheme.

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