Emergencies preparedness, response

1999 - Suspected viral haemorrhagic fever in Democratic Republic of Congo - Update 3

10 May 1999

Disease Outbreak Reported

The team of epidemiologists from WHO and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now arrived in the outbreak zone (Watsa and the nearby community of Durba). The team will work with public health officials and Médecins sans frontières (Belgium and Netherlands) who are already on site, to identify any further cases of suspected viral haemorrhagic fever and to ensure that measures are in place to control the disease. Specific studies to identify possible animal reservoirs will also be carried out.

Please see previous reports about this outbreak: 6 May 1999; 5 May 1999; 30 April 1999.