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26 mars 2019 | 09h07 UTC

DRC: Ebola outbreak infects over 1000 people in North Kivu and Ituri late March /update 36

DR Congo Alerte de sécurité

Ebola outbreak continues in North Kivu and Ituri provinces with 1009 cases and 629 deaths as of late March; continued spread of the disease likely in the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 25/3/2019, 12h00 until 1/4/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION North Kivu province, Ituri

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Event

The Congolese Ministry of Health recorded 49 new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) from Wednesday, March 20, to Sunday, March 24, bringing the total cases in eastern DRC's North Kivu and Ituri provinces to 1009. The outbreak has resulted in 629 deaths. Continued spread in the near term is likely and there remains a risk of regional and international transmission given the region's high level of insecurity, porous borders and transient population, and increased levels of violence targeting medical professionals and facilities.

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 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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