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23 May 2018 description
report UN News Service

Une personne contaminée par le virus Ebola est décédée à Mbandaka, portant à 27 le nombre total des morts depuis le début de l’épidémie déclarée il y a deux semaines en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), ont annoncé mardi les autorités congolaises et l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS).

23 May 2018 description

Date of information: 20 May 2018

1. Situation update

Grade 3
Cases 51
Deaths 27
CFR 52.9%

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to evolve. Since the last external situation report on 18 May 2018, six additional cases with two deaths have been reported. On 20 May 2018, two new suspected cases and one new death of a confirmed case have been reported in Wangata Health Zone. Six cases (previously reported) in Iboko Health Zone have been confirmed.

23 May 2018 description

Face à la flambée épidémique de maladie à virus Ebola qui sévit actuellement dans la province de l’Équateur, en République démocratique du Congo, l’OMS collabore avec le Ministère de la santé, l'Alliance du vaccin Gavi, Médecins sans frontières (MSF), l’UNICEF et d’autres partenaires, dont le Ministère guinéen de la santé, pour procéder à la vaccination anti-Ebola des populations exposées à un risque élevé d’infection dans les zones de santé touchées.

22 May 2018 description

The UK is providing fresh support to help tackle the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt will announce today (Wednesday 23 May).

22 May 2018 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, MAY 22 2018 --- The World Bank Group’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) today made its first-ever financial commitment, approving a $12 million grant towards the current Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The grant, approved today at an emergency meeting of the PEF Steering Body, will be made from the Cash Window of the PEF.

22 May 2018 description

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

22 May 2018 description

Kinshasa/Nairobi/Geneva, 22 May 2018— The response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is far from over, says the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as it announces an expansion of its operation.

22 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

I am Gianfranco Rotigliano, the UNICEF Representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I am coordinating UNICEF’s response to the Ebola outbreak in the country.

22 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Je suis Gianfranco Rotigliano, représentant de l’UNICEF en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Je coordonne la réponse de l’UNICEF à l’épidémie d’Ebola dans le pays.

22 May 2018 description
report IRIN

KINSHASA, 21 May 2018 | The Democratic Republic of Congo has begun to administer an experimental vaccine to halt the spread of the Ebola virus in Mbandaka, a major transport hub that is home to more than one million people and connected by river to several other large cities.

The illness, a particularly deadly form of haemorrhagic fever, killed more than 11,000 people in an epidemic that swept through West Africa in 2014-16.

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22 May 2018 description

Le Gouvernement de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), avec l’appui de l’OMS et de ses partenaires, se prépare à vacciner les populations à haut risque contre la maladie à virus Ebola (MVE) dans les zones de santé touchées.

Les agents de santé travaillant dans les zones touchées sont en train d’être vaccinés aujourd’hui et une action de sensibilisation a été engagée pour préparer les communautés à la vaccination en anneau.

22 May 2018 description

Depuis la publication du dernier bulletin d’information le 14 mai 2018, le Ministère de la santé de la République démocratique du Congo a notifié 5 cas supplémentaires, dont un confirmé en laboratoire dans la ville de Mbandaka (zone de santé de Wangata). Wangata est l’une des 3 zones de santé de la ville de Mbandaka qui compte environ 1,5 million d’habitants. Les dernières informations disponibles ont permis d’actualiser la classification des cas. [1]

21 May 2018 description
report Start Network

by Laura-Louise Fairley

An outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has spread into the major north-western city of Mbandaka, only 50km from the border with Republic of the Congo, raising fears of a wider epidemic. The Start Fund has responded immediately, awarding £250,000 to Oxfam to undertake a rapid emergency intervention in this remote area of the DRC where they have a long-established presence and the trust of the local community. Oxfam will be responding as part of a wider government-led response to the outbreak.

21 May 2018 description
report GAVI Alliance

Gavi CEO Dr Seth Berkley answers questions about the planned deployment of Merck’s rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine to counter the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the north west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Question: What is Gavi doing to help contain the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)?

21 May 2018 description
report GAVI Alliance

Vaccination begins in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mbandaka, 21 May 2018 - The deployment of the Ebola vaccine to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could give a vital boost to efforts to contain the disease, Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said today during a visit to the country. Dr Berkley is visiting affected areas with the DRC Minister of Health Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, joining the vaccination teams as they begin their work.

21 May 2018 description

This 21-page document provides presentation slides from a course to help participants describe the signs, symptoms, and transmission of Ebola disease; list preventive and control measures; and describe main public health concerns during an Ebola disease outbreak. It also discusses the geographic distribution of Ebola, and Ebola disease laboratory diagnosis.

21 May 2018 description

4 New events

59 Ongoing events

52 Outbreaks

11 Humanitarian crises

  • This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 63 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Monkeypox in Cameroon

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

21 May 2018 description

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the support of WHO and partners, is preparing to vaccinate high risk populations against Ebola virus disease (EVD) in affected health zones.

Health workers operating in affected areas are being vaccinated today and community outreach has started to prepare for the ring vaccination.