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04 jan. 2020 | 05h40 UTC

DRC: Over 3000 cases of Ebola recorded in eastern provinces December 30 /update 65

DR Congo Alerte de sécurité

Ebola outbreak continues in Ituri and North and South Kivu provinces with at least 3373 cases and 2231 deaths recorded as of December 30; further spread of the disease expected over the coming weeks, months

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/1/2020, 12h00 until 31/1/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION North Kivu province, Ituri province, South Kivu

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Event

National health officials announced on Saturday, December 28, that at least 3373 new cases of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and 2231 associated deaths have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak in August 1, 2018. Most cases have been reported in South Kivu, North Kivu, and Ituri provinces.

Context

On July 17, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the ongoing EVD epidemic in the DRC's North Kivu and Ituri provinces constitutes a "public health emergency of international concern." The WHO defines a "public health emergency of international concern" as an "extraordinary event" that constitutes a public health risk to multiple states through the cross border spread of a disease which may require an international response.

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

Individuals in affected provinces are advised to monitor the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and take measures to prevent the contraction and spread of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including:

  • 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 appropriate protective wear.
  • Animal products (e.g. 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.).

Individuals exhibiting the abovementioned symptoms and traveling in an area of active EVD transmission should seek immediate medical attention and comply with all directives issued by local health authorities.

 

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