Ebola haemorrhagic fever in south Sudan - update 8
6 July 2004
As of 6 July, the health authorities in Yambio County and the team assisting them in the outbreak have reassessed the number of cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), in view of additional laboratory results from the WHO Collaborating Centre at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States. As a result of the reclassification, 17 cases and 7 deaths of EHF have now been reported. Thirteen of the cases are laboratory-confirmed and 4 are epidemiologically linked.
The most recent death reported occurred on 26 June in the Yambio hospital isolation ward, and no further cases have been reported since then. Contact follow-up in Yambio county is no longer being carried out as the last case was reported and isolated on 14 June.
Surveillance and social mobilization activities are continuing.