Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Suspected plague in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

7 November 2006

As of 29 September 2006, WHO received reports of a suspected pneumonic plague outbreak in 4 health zones in Haut-Uele district, Oriental province in the north-eastern part of the country. The local authorities have now reported 1174 suspected cases including 50 deaths. More than 50 samples have been collected and analysed; however, the diagnosis of plague has not been finally laboratory confirmed.

A 5-person team from WHO and the Ministry of Health will return to the field to re-assess the situation with the local medical staff and international nongovernmental organizations working in the affected areas.

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