It was on the 9th of May when the ministry of health of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) shared with the World Health Organization (WHO) of confirmed an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease.
Since the 22nd of April, there have been nine suspected cases of Ebola in the Likati Health District, more than 1 300 km’s north of Kinshasa, inclusive of three reported deaths. Six people infected with the virus disease are currently hospitalized.
WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti visited Kinshasa over the weekend to attend a coordination meeting with the Ministry of Health and ensure necessary provision of response. From this, according to , Peter Salama, WHO Executive Director for Emergencies, WHO, Partners of the organization as well as DRC’s health ministry have deployed an investigation team to the affected area for the purpose of epidemiological investigation, surveillance, logistics and supplies, communications and community engagement.
This is not the first time DRC has been hit with the virus, as it first appeared in 1976 in Yambuku, Mongala Province, and spread to a village near the Ebola River, where the disease takes its name.