Disease outbreak reported: Suspected acute haemorrhagic fever syndrome in the Republic of the Congo - Update 2

As of 12 February 2003, a total of 61 suspected cases of acute haemorrhagic fever syndrome has been reported in the districts of Mbomo (7 cases, 4 deaths) and Kellé (54 cases, 44 deaths) in Cuvette Ouest Region ( see previous report).
A team is in the field and clinical samples have been collected. These will be tested by the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville (CIRMF), Gabon. Volunteers from the national Red Cross Society are informing and mobilizing communities in the region.

A National Coordination Committee to contain the outbreak has been established in Brazzaville under the Direction Générale de la Santé, assisted by WHO and other international partners.