Emergencies preparedness, response

Plague in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - update 3

9 March 2005

The multidisciplinary team (see previous report) has reported a total of 114 cases (110 suspect cases, 4 probable cases), including 54 deaths in Zobia, Bas-Uélé district, Oriental province. These figures are based on the current situation and a retrospective analysis of cases since 15 December 2004.

Laboratory analysis of specimens is continuing. An isolation treatment centre has been set up by the Ministry of Health with support from Médecins sans Frontières - Belgium.

Contact tracing and follow up of 214 contacts is underway and social mobilization activities are taking place in surrounding areas.