Congolese health authorities announced a total of 186 deaths on Monday due to an ebola epidemic affecting the east of the country.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We found two new examples: "a young girl who lives in Bena and her two-week-old newborn," says the bulletin of the Congolese Health Ministry.
The child and her mother were admitted to a specialized center in the Beni area set up by the authorities to stop the progression of the disease and provide care. According to the newsletter, 88 patients recovered. A total of 298 cases of haemorrhagic fever were reported in the region.
– Ministry of Health of DRC (@MinSanteRDC) November 6, 2018
Next visit by the WHO Director
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Deputy Secretary-General for Peace Operations of the World Health Organization Jean-Pierre Lacroix
The United Nations must visit the DRC from 5 to 9 November, said Florence Marchal, representative of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This ebola-focused visit will allow leaders to become acquainted with the efforts to cope with the epidemic in Bena in North Kivu and consider "joint action to be taken" against this disease. added.
Danger to the virus #Ebola its contagious and its propagation speed. Therefore, the first step to be done is to isolate the patient from the onset of the first symptoms. In combination with vaccination, this is the only way to stop the transmission of the virus. pic.twitter.com/AL4rZkWmkF
– Ministry of Health of DRC (@MinSanteRDC) November 5, 2018
On 30 October, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution urging all actors on the ground to speed up the fight against this disease. In mid-October, the Congolese authorities declared they were facing a "second wave" epidemic.
This is the tenth outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The first was reported in 1976 in Yambuk, northeast DR Congo, with a total of 318 cases and 224 deaths.