The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a statement on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It stated that it was informed of a cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths on 9 May. These included haemorrhagic symptoms in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in the north of the DRC, bordering Central African Republic.
On 11 May, it was informed by the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo that one of five laboratory samples tested by the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) laboratory in DRC’s capital, Kinshasa, tested positive for Ebola virus. According to the WHO, additional laboratory samples are being tested.
WHO said that nine suspected cases, including three deaths, have been reported since 22 April and six cases are currently hospitalised.
“An investigation team led by the Ministry of Health and supported by WHO and partners has deployed and is expected to reach the affected area in the coming days,” commented WHO executive director for emergencies Dr Peter Salama.
The WHO said that it and its partners are supporting the Ministry of Health in all aspects of the response, including ‘epidemiological investigation, surveillance, logistics and supplies, communications and community engagement’.