Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Ebola haemorrhagic fever in the Republic of the Congo - Update 7

7 March 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 7 March 2003, a total of 5 laboratory-confirmed and 105 probable cases, including 89 deaths have been reported from Ebola haemorrhagic fever, in the districts of Mbomo and Kellé in Cuvette Ouest Region ( see previous report ).

The Ministry of Health, WHO and the international team continue to train health workers in the treatment of Ebola, carry out contact tracing and provide essential medical equipment. Experts from the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network who have been working to contain outbreak include those from Bernhard- Nocht-Institut, Hamburg, Germany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, United States, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England.

The national Red Cross Society is assisting with social mobilization activities to increase awareness and understanding of Ebola in the community.

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