21 August 2012 - As of 20 August 2012, a total of 15 (13 probable and 2 confirmed) cases with 10 deaths have been reported in Province Orientale in Eastern DRC. The reported cases and deaths have occurred in 3 health zones as follows: 12 cases and 8 deaths in Isiro, including three (3) health care workers who have died; 2 cases and 1 death in Pawa; and 1 fatal case in Dungu.
The Congolese Ministry of Health has convened a National Task
Force and is working with several partners including WHO, UNICEF,
Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) Suisse, MSF Belgique and the United
States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Similar Task
Forces have been established at provincial and district levels to
oversee and guide the response.
A joint MoH, WHO and MSF emergency response team is in the
field to conduct a detailed epidemiological investigation and support
case management. Control activities that are being carried out include
active case finding and contact tracing, enhanced surveillance, case
management, public information and social mobilization, and reinforcing
infection control practices.
WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health in the areas of
coordination, surveillance, field epidemiology, laboratory, case
management, outbreak logistics, public information and social
mobilization. An additional team of epidemiologists, a logistician, an
anthropologist and social mobilization officers is being mobilized from
the DRC, Republic of Congo, the WHO AFRO regional rapid response team,
WHO Inter-Country Support team (IST) based in Gabon, and WHO HQ, for
possible deployment in the field.
WHO does not recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Democratic Republic of Congo.http://www.who.int/csr/don/2012_08_21/en/index.html