By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Ministère de la Santé in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported two additional Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases Monday, bringing the outbreak total in Mbandaka, Équateur Province to 30-(27 confirmed & 3 probable), with 13 associated deaths.

Image/Dr. Frederick Murphy,CDC

The World Health Organization reports this new outbreak of EVD continues to evolve, with new confirmed cases and deaths and continued incidences of confirmed cases remaining in the community and loss of contacts to follow-up.

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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.

Current community engagement and education includes EVD and COVID-19, with the risk  communication strategy for both outbreaks working in tandem.