DR Congo Ministry of health has confirmed the New Ebola outbreak as reported in many international media. But contrary to many media reports, the health authority claims that no death were recorded since the notification of the cases on May 3 , either among the hospitalized cases or among health personnel.
According to the government, two cases (serotype Zaire by RT-PCR) has been confirmed from Bikoro (Ecuador) following analyzes carried out by the National Institute of Biological Research (INRB) of Kinshasa on May 6 , 2018.
“The Ministry of Health has taken all the necessary measures to respond promptly and effectively to this new epidemic of Ebola in the DRC’s national territory. On site, in Bikoro, a local team from the Ministry of Health is working to organize case management, research and follow-up contacts, ” reassures the ministry in a statement.
“A team of experts from the central level will leave Kinshasa this Wednesday to Bikoro with a lot of appropriate equipment to supervise the investigations and the organization of the response in the field, says one side of the ministry”.
LeadNurse Africa health watch contacted the nursing authority in DR Congo who confirmed the new ebola outbreak but could not give further details as she was not permitted to speak officially.