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Statement of the Africa CDC Director on the new Ebola Outbreak in Beni, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo
Addis Ababa, 03 August 2018: The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 01 August 2018 declared a new outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in two Provinces: North Kivu (32 cases) and Ituri (one case). On 28 July 2018, the North Kivu Provincial Health Division notified the Ministry of Health of suspected EVD cases which were subsequently confirmed by laboratory testing at the Institut National de Recherché Biomédical (INRB). This is the tenth outbreak of EVD in the DRC; the ninth outbreak was declared over on 24 July 2018 in the Equateur Province. As of 01 August 2018, a total of 33 cases including 26 deaths were reported with a cases fatality ratio of about 79%.
North Kivu, the most affected Province, is located about 2500 kilometers from the Equateur Province, where the just end outbreak was located. It is one of the most densely populated Provinces in DRC with a population of about 8 million inhabitants. Beni and surrounding areas, with a population of about 2 million inhabitants, is the epicentre of the outbreak. Uganda and Rwanda border North Kivu on the west with a distance of less than 350 kilometers from the respective capital cities, Kampala and Kigali.
In responding to this outbreak, the African Union Commission, through the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), is taking appropriate measures to support the government-led response including: a) monitoring of the situation through its Emergency Operation Centre; b) coordinating with the Ministry of Health of the DRC and WHO; c)
mobilizing and preparing to re-locate its Emergency Response Team to the current affected area, d) supporting laboratory diagnostic capacity through provision of laboratory supplies for testing of EVD, and e) activating African Union emergency support mechanism through different units of the commission including the Peace Support Operation Division.
The Africa CDC, through its Regional Collaborating Centres in the Eastern and Central Africa, is sensitizing Member States through its information sharing platforms in the respective regions to heighten their surveillance and preparedness efforts. Furthermore, Africa CDC is collaborating with the African Field Epidemiology Network to strengthen cross-border surveillance between Uganda and the DRC.
The African Union will continue to support the efforts of the DRC Government during this outbreak as well as neighboring countries. Africa CDC recognizes the need to support the leadership role of the Government of DRC to establish a comprehensive and well-coordinated response strategy. As such, Africa CDC will continue to work alongside other partners to control this outbreak and mitigate the impact on the health and economic security of the African Continent.
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MSF Ebola treatment centre opens in Mangina, North Kivu
Project Update 16 Aug 2018
Taking a new step in its response to the current Ebola outbreak in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a treatment centre on Tuesday 14 August in Mangina, a small town considered to be the epicentre of the outbreak. All patients from the isolation unit where MSF was working to improve biosafety have been transferred to the 12 tents of the new Ebola treatment centre. A total of 37 patients are currently hospitalised – 31 of them have been confirmed by laboratory tests as being infected by the virus, while the others are classified as suspect cases.
“Among our patients, we have several colleagues from the Congolese health system in the area,” says Gwenola Seroux, MSF emergency programmes coordinator. “They were the first to respond and some were exposed to the virus.”…