Ebola haemorrhagic fever in the Republic of the Congo - Update 9
24 March 2003
Disease Outbreak Reported
As of 23 March 2003, the Ministry of Health, the Republic of the Congo has reported 123 cases, (13 laboratory-confirmed and 110 epidemiologically linked), including 113 deaths in the districts of Mbomo and Kellé in Cuvette Ouest Département (see previous report). Seventy-nine contacts are being followed-up.
The new team of 3 physicians and 7 nurses from the Ministry of Health and the Service de Santé des Armées was trained in clinical management and safe burial practices last week. A mobile team is visiting each village on the Entsiami-Kelle road weekly, carrying out control activities and surveillance.
Social mobilization activities involving community leaders are also continuing.