Emergencies preparedness, response

Ebola haemorrhagic fever in the Republic of the Congo - Update 3

25 November 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 24 November 2003, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of the Congo has reported a total of 36 cases, including 18 deaths, of Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) in Mbomo (33 cases, 15 deaths) and Mbandza (3 cases, 3 deaths); villages located in Mbomo district, Cuvette Ouest Department (See previous report).

The WHO Regional Office for Africa sub-regional epidemic response team for West Africa, staff from the WHO Country Office in Brazzaville, and Médecins sans Frontières (MSF-Holland) continue to support the Ministry of Health in Mbomo district. An isolation facility has been established, and contact tracing and social mobilization activities with communities in the region are ongoing.