Biological Hazard – Africa – Democratic Republic of the Congo

EDIS Number: BH-20131020-41342-COG
Date / time: 20/10/2013 11:26:16 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Africa
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
State/County: Province of Oriantale
Location: [Isiro and Monga Zone region]
Number of Deads: 6 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 7 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


A suspected Ebola fever outbreak in the Orientale Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed the lives of at least 6 people in the last 3 weeks. 7 suspected cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever have been reported in Isiro and Monga health zones in Orientale Province. One of the deaths was reported in Mongo health zone while 5 others occurred in Isiro Zone. According to Dr Marrie-Josee Karani, the head of the office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Kisangani, samples from the suspects were sent to the Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) in Kinshasa and are yet to confirm the outbreak of the deadly virus. He however says the symptoms presented by the victims are similar to those of Ebola fever and asked the population to be extra careful. He also asked the locals to desist from eating wild animal meat and to isolate patients who show signs of Ebola fever. If confirmed, this will be the 2nd time that the virus has hit the area in less than a year.

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