Emergencies preparedness, response

Ebola haemorrhagic fever in south Sudan - update 4

7 June 2004

As of 6 June 2004, the health authorities of Yambio County have reported a total of 28 cases, including 7 deaths of Ebola haemorrhagic fever, (case fatality, 25%), in Yambio, Western Equatoria, south Sudan (see previous report).

Active surveillance and follow-up of contacts has been reinforced; overall, 124 contacts are currently being followed up.

Isolation wards are fully operational with trained nursing staff. Additional equipment for personal protection, collecting samples, shipment of samples and communications has been received.

A special team has been organized and trained for social mobilization. Key messages concerning the disease, its modes of transmission and necessary prevention measures have been distributed widely in the community.

For more information about Ebola haemorrhagic fever, please see the WHO fact sheet