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01 juin 2019 | 21h10 UTC

DRC: Ebola outbreak kills 1312 people in North Kivu and Ituri May 29 /update 46

DR Congo Alerte de sécurité

Ebola outbreak continues in North Kivu and Ituri provinces with 1954 cases and 1312 deaths as of May 29; continued spread of the disease likely in the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/6/2019, 12h00 until 4/6/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION North Kivu province, Ituri

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Event

Health officials recorded 88 new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) over a one-week period according to figures published Tuesday, May 28. As of Wednesday, May 29, the total number of cases in North Kivu and Ituri provinces is 1954; the outbreak has resulted in 1312 deaths.

Attacks on 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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