Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Suspected Acute Haemorrhagic Fever in the Republic of the Congo

13 May 2005

Between 27 April and 11 May 2005, a total of 9 suspected cases of acute haemorrhagic fever has been reported in Etoumbi (8) and Mbomo (1) in Cuvette Ouest Region. All cases have been fatal.

A total of 52 contacts are being monitored in Etoumbi and Mbomo.

The Ministry of Health, the WHO Regional Office for Africa and Médecins Sans Frontières-Holland are in the field to assess the situation and to collect clinical samples for diagnosis. These will be tested by the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville (CIRMF), Gabon.