Emergencies preparedness, response

2002 - Suspected acute haemorrhagic fever syndrome- The Republic of the Congo

12 June 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

The Ministry of Health of The Republic of the Congo has reported 6 suspected cases including 5 deaths of acute haemorrhagic fever syndrome in Mbomo district, Cuvette Ouest region.   These suspected cases have occurred in the same area as the previous reports of Ebola haemorrhagic fever.

A team from the Ministry of Health and WHO are on site to investigate the suspected cases and collect samples.  The samples will be sent to the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville (CIRMF) in Gabon for verification.  Ecosystèmes Forestiers d'Afrique Centrale (ECOFAC) has sent a team to investigate the deaths of wild animals in the affected area.