On 20 May 2017, three suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases and one death were reported from Muma and Ngay health areas in Likati Health Zone, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a WHO situation report today.

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This brings the total to 37 suspected EVD cases and four deaths.

The reported cases are from five health areas, namely Nambwa (12 cases and three deaths), Muma (four cases and no deaths), Ngayi (16 cases and one death), Azande (three cases and no deaths), and Ngabatala (two cases and no deaths). No healthcare workers have been affected to date. The majority of the cases presented with fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea and other bleeding symptoms and signs.

The Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) mobile laboratory in Likati has begun processing samples with 22 samples testing negative by PCR. To date of the five blood samples analysed at the national reference laboratory in Kinshasa two were confirmed as Zaire ebolavirus.