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DRC: Ebola outbreak kills over 1000 people in North Kivu and Ituri May 5 /update 42

DR Congo News Alert

Ebola outbreak continues in North Kivu and Ituri provinces with 1554 cases and 1029 deaths as of May 5; continued spread of the disease likely in the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/5/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION North Kivu province, Ituri

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Event

The Congolese Ministry of Health reported a total of 1554 cases from Ebola virus disease (EVD) in North Kivu and Ituri provinces as of Sunday, May 5, resulting in 1029 deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that officials are anticipating increased levels of transmission following a record 126 confirmed cases over seven days at the end of April and early May. Attacks Ebola treatment centers have hindered efforts to contain the disease and further cases are likely in the near term. There remains a risk of regional transmission give the region's high level of insecurity, porous borders, transient population, and continued attacks on treatment centers and health workers.

Context

EVD is extremely virulent. The disease is transmitted to humans via direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs, or other bodily fluids of infected animals. The disease can then be transmitted between humans and is highly contagious, particularly during the hemorrhagic phase. Ebola is characterized by the sudden onset of high fever, weakness, joint and muscle pain, and headache. A sore throat is also a common early symptom. These symptoms are followed by nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, kidney and liver failure, and, in some cases, internal and external bleeding.

While the number of Ebola cases has intensified in recent weeks and months, the WHO's Emergency Committee concluded on April 12, that the outbreak in the DRC does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern.

Advice

Travelers should avoid the above areas and monitor the situation. To prevent the spread of EVD:

  • Avoid contact with infected individuals and any items that have been in their close proximity
  • Avoid consuming bush meat and only handle animals when wearing gloves and the appropriate protective wear
  • Animal products (meat and blood) should be thoroughly cooked before consumption
  • Adhere to a strict observance of hygienic precautions (e.g. wash hands regularly, etc.)
  • Avoid crowded areas (e.g. stadiums, markets, train stations, etc.).

In case of doubt, individuals should seek immediate medical attention and comply with all directives issued by local health authorities. 

 

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