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WHO Concern Over Ebola Outbreak in Congo

WHO Concern Over Ebola Outbreak in Congo
WHO Concern Over Ebola Outbreak in Congo

The World Health Organization expressed concern about Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, IRNA reported.

Between September 2 and 9 there have been 31 more cases of Ebola reported in the DRC.

In total, 35 deaths have been reported (9 confirmed and 26 probable). Nine health-care workers have been diagnosed with EVD, including 7 deaths.

All the cases have been localized in Jeera County. The affected villages are Watsi Kengo, Lokolia, Boende, and Boende Moke.

According to WHO, currently, 9 cases have been hospitalized: 4 in Lokolia; 2 in Watsikengo; 2 in Boende; and 1 in Boende Moke.

A total of 386 contacts have been listed and 239 contacts have been followed up.

All cases and contacts are linked to the initial index case reported to the WHO on August 26.

 Isolation Units

Patients are being treated at temporary isolation units in Watsi Kengo, Lokolia, Boende, and Boende Moke.

A mobile laboratory from the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) has been installed in Lokolia and is currently functional.

Two laboratory epidemiologists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have arrived in DRC to support the field team.

Data reported in the Disease Outbreak News are based on official information reported by the DRC ministry of health. These numbers are subject to change due to ongoing reclassification, retrospective investigation, and availability of laboratory results.

WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions be applied except for cases where individuals have been confirmed or are suspected of being infected with EVD or where individuals have had contact with cases of EVD. This does not include properly-protected health-care workers and laboratory staff.