Ebola outbreak Democratic Republic of the Congo 2017
End of the most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo
2 July 2017 – Today, WHO declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The announcement comes 42 days (two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus) after the last confirmed Ebola patient in the affected Bas-Uélé province tested negative for the disease for the second time. Enhanced surveillance in the country will continue, as well as strengthening of preparedness and readiness for Ebola outbreaks. "With the end of this epidemic, DRC has once again proved to the world that we can control the very deadly Ebola virus if we respond early in a coordinated and efficient way,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
Testing Ebola samples in DRC
13 June 2017 -- Multidisciplinary teams face numerous challenges as they respond to an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the remote, forested regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. WHO and partners are supporting the country’s Ministry of Health in all aspects of the response, including epidemiological investigation, surveillance, logistics and supplies, communications, and community engagement.
6 June 2017 -- Multidisciplinary teams in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are faced with numerous challenges as they respond to an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the remote, forested regions in the northern part of the country. WHO and other partner agencies led by the Ministry of Health have secured and set up a base to coordinate their work and end the outbreak as quickly and as safely as possible.
31 May 2017 - WHO and partners are implementing measures to control the outbreak: health centres throughout the province show that the surveillance system in this remote area is working robustly; communities are being educated on the disease and what steps they can take to protect themselves; and Congolese Red Cross volunteers are given training in how to safely bury people and how to disinfect homes to avoid the spread of the disease.
27 May 2017 - Laboratory testing of samples is essential to rapidly assess the scope and spread of any Ebola outbreak. Since the major outbreak in West Africa in 2014, an increasing number of diagnostic tools have become available to perform rapid initial testing of samples. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is using these new tools, as well as classic ones, to respond to an ongoing outbreak of the virus in a very remote area of the north east of the country.
24 May 2017 - Funding is urgently needed to ensure that WHO and partners can effectively support the Government in a rapid response to the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo. With this support WHO and partners can implement measures to control the outbreak: early isolation of patients to prevent transmission at home and in the community; early detection of new Ebola cases through close monitoring of contacts and isolation of contacts when they show symptoms and; safe burial of the deceased to reduce transmission from contact with dead bodies.
12 May 2017 – On 9 May, WHO was informed of a cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths including haemorrhagic symptoms in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bordering Central African Republic.
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