The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced today that a new outbreak of the disease of the Ecola virus is occurring in Wangta Health Zone, ateurquateur province in Mundaka. The announcement comes as a long, difficult and complex Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of East Congo, while the country is also battling COVID-19 and the world's largest measles outbreak.
Initial information from the Ministry of Health is that six Ebola cases have been detected in Wangta so far, of which four have died and two are alive and under care. Three of these six cases have been confirmed by laboratory testing. It is likely that more people will be identified with the disease as surveillance activities increase.
WHO Director General Drs. "It is a reminder that COVID-19 is not merely a threat to people," said Tedros Adnom Ghebaius. "Although most of our focus is on the epidemic, the WHO continues to monitor and respond to many other health emergencies."
It is the Democratic Republic of the Congo's 11Th Since the discovery of this virus in the country in 1976, there was an outbreak of Ebola. The city of Mundaka and its surroundings was the Democratic Republic site of the Congo's 9.Th Ebola outbreak, which occurred from May to July 2018.
"This is happening at a challenging time, but WHO has worked with health officials, the Africa CDC and other partners over the past two years to strengthen the national capacity to respond to the outbreaks", Africa Regional Director for Dr. Matsidiso Moeti said. “To strengthen local leadership, WHO plans to send a team to provide feedback. We must act quickly given the busy transport routes and the proximity of this new outbreak to vulnerable neighboring countries. "
WHO is already on the ground in Mbandaka, supporting the response to this outbreak, as part of the capacity built during the 2018 outbreak. The team supported the collection and testing of samples, and with reference to the National Laboratory for confirmation. Contact tracing is in progress. Work is on to send additional supplies from North Kivu and Kinshasa to support the government-led response. Another 25 people are expected to arrive in Mandaka tomorrow. WHO is also working to ensure that essential health services are provided to communities despite these emergency incidents.
Democratic Republic of the Congo 10Th The Ebola outbreak is in its final stages in North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri Provinces. On 14 May 2020, the Ministry of Health began a 42-day countdown to announce the end of that outbreak.
Given the existence of the virus in the animal reservoir in many parts of the country, a new outbreak of Ebola is feared in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Focus on editors – Key figures
COVID-19 in the democratic republic of covo
- As of May 31, 2020: 3195 cases have been reported, including 72 deaths.
Measles Democratic Republic of the Congo
- 2019: There have been 369 520 measles cases and 6779 deaths.
Recent Ebola Outbreak Democratic Republic of the Congo
1 1Th Outbreak: Mbandaka, provincequateur province.
- It is going on. Announced on 1 June 2020.
- 6 cases (3 confirmed, 3 probable). 4 of them died and 2 are alive
10Th Outbreak: North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri Provinces
- Is going on Announced on 1 August 2018.
- 3463 cases (3317 confirmed and 146 probable). Of these, 2280 people were killed and 1171 survived.
9Th Outbreak: Mbandaka, provincequateur province.
- Announced on 8 May 2018 and ended on 24 July 2018.
- 54 cases (38 confirmed and 16 probable). Of them, 33 died and 21 survived.