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DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - May 2017

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On 11 May, the Ministry of Health of the DRC informed WHO that of five laboratory samples tested, one tested positive for Ebola virus at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) laboratory in Kinshasa. (WHO, 12 May 2017)

On 24 May, WHO issued a donor alert, requesting US$10.5M for the initial 6-month budget to support the Government in strengthening the response, and to coordinate the support of major UN, NGO and International Organizations, and partners in the Global Outbreaks Alert and Response Network. (WHO, 24 May 2017)

On 23 May 2017, no new confirmed or probable EVD cases were reported. One suspected EVD case was reported from Muma Health Area in Likati Health Zone. The last confirmed case was reported on 11 May 2017. WHO, 24 May 2017)

Le 12 mai 2017, l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a déclaré une épidémie d’Ebola dans la zone de Likati, Province du Bas-Uélé. La RDC en est à sa huitième épidémie depuis 1976. Depuis le 22 avril 2017, 9 cas suspects de la Maladie à Virus Ebola (MVE) dont trois décès ont été notifiés, ce qui représente un taux de létalité de 33,3%, selon un bilan officiel au 11 mai 2017. (OCHA, 12 mai 2017)

On 2 July 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The announcement comes 42 days (two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus) after the last confirmed Ebola patient in the affected Bas-Uélé province tested negative for the disease for the second time. (WHO, 2 July 2017)