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21 août 2018 | 04h05 UTC

DRC: Death toll rises from Ebola outbreak August 20 /update 5

DR Congo Alerte de sécurité

Officials confirm at least 55 deaths from the ongoing Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces as of August 20

TIMEFRAME expected from 20/8/2018, 12h00 until 3/9/2018, 11h59 (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION North Kivu province, Ituri

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Event

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have confirmed at least 55 fatalities from the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in North Kivu and Ituri provinces as of Monday, August 20. According to the health ministry, there are 96 total cases, including 69 confirmed cases and 27 probably cases. The most affected areas include Beni, Butembo, Oicha, Musienene, and Mabalako in North Kivu province, as well as in Mandima and Mambasa in Ituri province.

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.

Advice

Travelers should avoid the area 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 (wash hands regularly, etc.)
  • Avoid crowded areas (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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