DR Congo

Update on the Ebola virus disease in DRC no. 14, 7 October 2014 – 3pm

Situation Report
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Coordination/ Key developments

  • 8 health personnel have died of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since the outbreak of the epidemic.

  • On 7 October, the total number of cases is 71 (see table above for details) of which 43 deaths, an overall lethality rate of around 60.5%. The latest confirmed case was on 24 September.

  • As of 5 October, 1 121 contact cases had been recorded: 305 are currently being tracked and 816 others have already been discarded from the follow-up of 21 days.

  • The Humanitarian Coordinator in DRC has allocated US $ 2.5 million of the Common Humanitarian Fund (Pooled Fund), representing almost one third (30.1%) of the total budget of US $ 8.6 million presented by the Congolese Government to fight the Ebola Disease. This amount will support the Government's response efforts in the areas.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have deployed their replacement teams in Lokolia. The official handover date from those currently working in Djera region has been postponed to 7 October, originally set for 30 September.

  • Internal quality control operations on all examined-samples are taking place in the mobile laboratory in Lokolia. The mobile laboratory is technically supported by Winnipeg Canada Laboratory, especially in the areas of collection and transport of samples.

  • Two hotline numbers have been set up to get information on the disease: 081 08 000 20 and 099 99 710 05 . An additional hotline for information on the prevention of the EVD is available using Tigo: 119.

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