In a follow-up on the monkeypox outbreak reported in Maniema, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports the outbreak that was declared by the Congolese authorities on 9 December 2021 in Tunda health district in Kibombo territory
in Maniema province now has 196 cases and 24 deaths.
The first suspected monkeypox cases were first reported in Tunda health district the week ending 3 October 2021.
Cases have been reported from six health areas: Utshu health area with the highest number of cases and deaths (90 cases; 11 deaths), followed by the health areas
of Weta (34 cases; 5 deaths), Kembeyule (29 cases; 1 death), Dikululu (23 cases; 4 deaths), Ongeri (19 cases; 3 deaths) and Dembo (1 cases; 0 deaths).
This outbreak follows another that occurred in 13 health districts across seven provinces (Equateur, Haut-Uele, MaiNdombe, Maniema, Mongala, Sud-Ubangi and Tshopo), with 2,918 suspected cases and 79 deaths through the week ending 28 November 2021.
Since 2005, DRC reports the most cases with over 1,000 per year.