Emergencies preparedness, response

Plague in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - update 4

15 March 2005

As of 14 March 2005, the team has reported a total of 130 suspect cases, including 57 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. No cases of bubonic plague have been detected.

Laboratory analysis of specimens and contact tracing is continuing. To date, a total of 363 contacts have been followed up. Suspect cases are being treated in isolation treatment centres.