Ebola in DR Congo: Africa CDC report
By NewsDesk @ bactiman63
On October 8, 2021, the Ministry of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported a confirmed death from Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the area of health center in Beni, in the province of North Kivu. This comes just five months after the end of the most recent outbreak detected in the same province.
The index case is a 3-year-old boy, a child who died on October 6 at a local health facility after exhibiting bleeding symptoms. Samples taken, tested positive for Ebola virus at the Goma reference laboratory.
“We see this with great concern as we tackle multiple epidemics in the DRC, including cholera, monkey pox, yellow fever, meningitis and Ebola virus disease, in addition to the COVID pandemic- 19 ongoing, ”said Dr John Nkengasong, the director. of the Africa CDC.
Health teams have decontaminated the affected health facility and 100 contacts have been identified to date. The provincial and zonal rapid response team deployed to the affected area to actively screen cases and identify additional contacts.
In response to this new case of EVD, the African Union Commission (AUC) has been made aware of the outbreak and is ready to offer full support to all organs of the AU. The African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) reassigned five (5) of the CDC’s Emergency Response Team in Africa to Goma and Kinshasa to support the government’s ongoing response effort against EVD; and is working to deploy additional technical assistance from headquarters. AUC / Africa CDC will continue to monitor the situation closely and will work with the DRC government to deploy more teams of experts, supplies and emergency response equipment as needed. Africa CDC will work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to coordinate and align emergency response activities in the region.