The Ministry of Health has published EBOLA DRC - Evolution of the Response to the Ebola Epidemic in North Kivu Province on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Excerpt:
EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION IN THE PROVINCE OF NORTH KIVU
Thursday 9 August 2018
The epidemiological situation of the Ebola Virus Disease dated August 8, 2018:
• A total of 44 cases of haemorrhagic fever were reported in the region, of which 17 confirmed and 27 probable.
• 54 suspected cases are under investigation.
• 1 death of a confirmed case in Mabalako.
* The laboratory tests of the samples taken from the 2 suspected cases of Goma proved negative this Thursday, August 9 at 22h.
• To avoid that the total number of cases varies (up or down) daily, the suspect cases have been placed in a separate category. Thus, suspect cases with positive laboratory tests will be added to the confirmed category, while negative ones (non-cases) will be removed from the table.
• The category of probable cases includes all reported deaths for which it was not possible to obtain biological samples for laboratory confirmation. The investigations will determine whether these deaths are related to the epidemic or not.
News of the response
• Dr. Richard Kitenge, National Head of Medical Care, has arrived in Goma where he will assist the Provincial Health Division of North Kivu to put in place a contingency plan in case Ebola reaches the provincial capital. The first pillars of the response to Goma have been activated. For example, a transitional isolation unit was identified at the North Kivu Provincial Hospital (Goma), border health officers began to be deployed at various entry points in the city, and Social mobilization is also underway to raise awareness about the disease and prevention methods.
• The sample taken from the health zone of Watsa, Haut-Uélé Province, was analyzed in the mobile laboratory located in Béni and proved to be negative for Ebola virus serotype Zaire.