DRC: first two Ebola cases confirmed in South Kivu province
BUKAVU (DRC), Aug. 16 (NewsNetwork) – The health authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday confirmed the first two positive cases of Ebola virus disease in the health zone of Mwenga, located in the province of South Kivu, border with Rwanda and Burundi.
They said that this is a 24-year-old woman and her 7-month-old child, who were staying with a host family in the health zone of Beni in North Kivu. It was during her repatriation to Beni that this woman escaped the health teams, then continued her way from Kasindi to Beni, Butembo, Goma, Bukavu and Mwenga.
During her journey, she escaped control in the various entry points and checkpoints following a change of identity four times. More than 120 contacts have been identified and the on-site medical mission has been visiting the Mwenga Health Zone for one week looking for other contacts.
« We want to assure the population that the response teams are at work to carry out all public health actions around the case and urge it to collaborate fully with our teams, » said in a statement Jean-Jacques Muyembe , the national coordinator of the Ebola response.
He assured neighboring countries that all measures were being taken to strengthen surveillance at points of entry and sanitary control. « Together we end the epidemic of Ebola in our country, » he added.
Like the city of Goma in North Kivu, the province of South Kivu also shares its border with Rwanda and Burundi. Several population movements are registered in the borders of the three neighboring countries.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases is 2,852, of which 2,758 confirmed and 94 probable. In total, there are 1,913 deaths, including 1,819 confirmed. There are also 848 people cured, according to the latest newsletter from the Ministry of Health. End