By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), five additional cases have been reported, bringing the outbreak total to 23 (20 confirmed and three probable) with 13 deaths (case fatality ratio 57%).


Cases and deaths have been reported from five health zones: Mbandaka (6 confirmed, 3 probable, 7 deaths), Bikoro (5 confirmed, 3 deaths), Wangata (2 confirmed, 1 death), Bolomba (4 confirmed, 1 death) and Iboko (3 confirmed).

The World Health Organization reports this new outbreak of EVD continues to evolve, with new confirmed cases and deaths and unfortunate incidences of suspected cases absconding into the community. However, all pillars of response are active in the affected areas and contacts are being followed up where possible.

Community engagement is underway and there are few incidences of resistance to the response. Public health measures, particularly a strong and robust surveillance system, required to detect, isolate and treat new suspected cases as early as possible is required to break any new chains of transmission, along with full community engagement with response measures.