Emergencies preparedness, response

Ebola haemorrhagic fever in the Republic of the Congo - Update 2

21 November 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 21 November, 2003 the Ministry of Health of the Republic of the Congo has reported a total of 24 cases, including 12 deaths, of Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) in Mbomo (19 cases, nine deaths) and Mbandza (five cases, three deaths) villages located in Mbomo district, Cuvette Ouest Department. (see previous report). Thirteen new cases (including one death) have been reported since 17 November, 2003. Twelve cases are currently ill at Mbomo (10) and Mbandza (2).

The WHO Regional Office for Africa sub-regional epidemic response team for West Africa and staff from the WHO Country Office in Brazzaville have been working closely with the Ministry of Health and with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF-Holland) in Mbomo district. They are supporting case management, monitoring the situation and carrying out social mobilization activities with communities in the region.

The WHO Country Office is supporting the National Control Committee which also includes the Congolese Ministries of Defence and Foresty and other partners: the European Union Humanitarian Office (ECHO), French Cooperation, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (IFRC) and the National Red Cross Society, MSF-Holland and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).