EOS Alerts 15-5-2017
DR Congo: WHO Declare Outbreak of Ebola
Ebola confirmed in the north-east of the DRC
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Of the nine people suspected to have contracted the deadly virus, three are reported to have died, with one case of Ebola confirmed through tests at the national laboratory in the capital Kinshasa. The worst affected region lies 1,300km (800 miles) north-east of Kinshasa, close to the border with the Central African Republic (CAR). The last outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo was in 2014 and killed more than 40 people.
Those operating or residing in the DRC are advised to be aware of an outbreak of Ebola. The DRC is well practiced in dealing with the virus, having had nine outbreaks since 1976. Authorities will act quickly to ensure that the virus does not spread to more populated areas, as it is currently confined in a remote location in the north-east. Consult your doctor before travelling and follow the advice of the authorities.