Alertes de sécurité

À noter, les alertes ne sont disponibles qu'en anglais
15 juill. 2019 | 02h48 UTC

DRC: Ebola case confirmed in Goma as death toll reaches 1665 /update 51

DR Congo Alerte de sécurité

Ministry of Health confirms case of Ebola virus disease in Goma (North Kivu province) on July 14; total number of cases reaches 2489 with 1665 deaths

TIMEFRAME expected from 14/7/2019, 12h00 until 31/7/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION North Kivu province, Ituri

Read all related news alert(s):
02 août 11h28 UTC  — 

DRC: Ebola outbreak in Beni (North Kivu)

Event

The Congolese Ministry of Health confirmed the first case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Goma (North Kivu province) on Sunday, July 14. The diagnosed patient reportedly traveled to Goma from Butembo (North Kivu province) on Sunday and government officials have stated that the risk of further spread in Goma is low and vaccination efforts are continuing with any individuals who came into contact with the patient. Goma is the provincial capital and largest city of North Kivu with an estimated population of 2 million.

The Ministry of Health released updated statistics on the EVD outbreak on Sunday. With 12 new confirmed cases and 10 deaths in the past week, the total cases of EVD reached 2489 with 1665 deaths. Further spread of the disease, particularly in northern North Kivu and southern Ituri provinces, including the cities of Butembo and Beni. 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.

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. 

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Alertes reliées