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Updated On: Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Development Issues

New Ebola Outbreak in DRC

Content by: South-South News

14 May 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — The World Health Organization (WHO) is rapidly scaling up its operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in response to an Ebola outbreak declared in the country. The DRC government declared the Ebola outbreak on May 8 after lab results confirmed two cases of Ebola in Bikoro region of the Equateur province.

Briefing reporters in New York today, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said the WHO is working closely with the Government of the DRC to rapidly scale up its operations and mobilize health partners using the model of a successful response to a similar outbreak in 2017.

The W.H.O. strategy includes a timely alert by local authorities when new cases surface; prompt testing, immediate notification of results, and a fast overall response by local and national authorities together with international partners.

In summer 2017, an Ebola outbreak claimed four lives in Bas-Uélé province.

Dujarric said, “WHO plans to deploy epidemiologists, logisticians, clinicians, infection, prevention and control experts, communications experts and other vaccination support teams in the coming days. It released a million dollars from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to cover its activities for the next three months with the goal of stopping the spread of Ebola to surrounding areas and countries.”

This is the DRC’s ninth Ebola outbreak since the virus was discovered in the country in 1976.


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