The World Health Organization has sent a team of expert to investigate the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC. WHO’s Executive Director for Emergencies, Dr. Peter Salama said this in a statement on Friday. He also confirmed that the virus has killed at least one person in the north-eastern region of DRC.
According to the statement on Friday:
“An investigation team led by the Ministry of Health and supported by WHO and partners has deployed and is expected to reach the affected area in the coming days.
“On May 9, WHO was informed of a cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths, including haemorrhagic symptoms in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province, some 1,300 kilometres (about 800 miles) from the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, and bordering the Central African Republic.
“Since April 22, nine suspected cases, including three deaths, have been reported; six cases are currently hospitalized.
“The Likati health district is in a remote area, but contact tracing is essential to contain the epidemic in its focus; the DRC can rely on very experienced health workers for this purpose,” WHO’s DRC Representative, Yokouidé Allarangar, said.
“Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, would arrive in Kinshasa this weekend to attend a coordination meeting of the national committee at the Ministry of Health to deal with this emergency and ensure that WHO provides all necessary assistance to the DRC.
“The WHO has also drawn up a comprehensive logistics plan to meet urgent requirements.
“The first teams of epidemiologists, biologists and experts in the areas of social mobilization, risk communication and community engagement.
“And also personnel specializing in water, hygiene and sanitation, are scheduled to reach the affected area today (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday) via Kisangani,” WHO said.