Emergencies preparedness, response

Ebola haemorrhagic fever in the Republic of the Congo - Update

17 November 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 17 November, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of the Congo has reported 11 cases (1 laboratory-confirmed and 10 epidemiologically linked) including 11 deaths in Mbomo district in Cuvette Ouest Département (See previous report).

The Government of the Republic of the Congo has officially declared the epidemic as due to Ebola haemorrhagic fever. Laboratory testing carried by the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville (CIRMF), Gabon, partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN),has confirmed the diagnosis of Ebola in clinical samples.

The government has requested the assistance of WHO in controlling the outbreak. The WHO Regional Office for Africa dispatched the West Africa sub-regional epidemic response team which has arrived in the Cuvette Ouest Département.