Emergencies preparedness, response

Suspected acute haemorrhagic fever syndrome in the Republic of the Congo

7 November 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 7 November 2003, a total of 12 suspected cases of acute haemorrhagic fever syndrome including 9 deaths has been reported in the districts of Mbomo in the Cuvette Ouest Département.

A Ministry of Health team is in the field to assess the situation and to collect clinical samples for diagnosis. These will be tested by the Institut de Recherches pour le Développement (IRD) and the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville (CIRMF), Gabon.

A National Coordination Committee to contain the outbreak has been established in Brazzaville under the Direction Générale de la Santé, assisted by WHO and other international partners.