Ebola haemorrhagic fever in the Republic of the Congo - update 16 Jun 2005

From 25 April to 16 June 2005, a total of 12 cases (1 laboratory-confirmed and 11 epidemiologically linked) including 9 deaths has been reported in Etoumbi and Mbomo in Cuvette Ouest Region. The last reported death occurred on 26 May.

Eleven contacts of this last reported death have been followed until today for 21 days, the maximum incubation period. None of these people has been infected.

The Ministry of Health and the WHO Regional Office for Africa are continuing to strengthen infection control and raise awareness about the disease among the population in the affected districts.