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Democratic Republic of Congo – South Kivu – New province affected by 10th Ebola outbreak (MoH, WHO, UNICEF, OCHA, DG ECHO, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 17 August 2019) – Democratic Republic of Congo



Democratic Republic of Congo – South Kivu – New province affected by 10th Ebola outbreak (MoH, WHO, UNICEF, OCHA, DG ECHO, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 17 August 2019) – Democratic Republic of Congo | ReliefWeb

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  • The 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues unabated and has now reached the province of South Kivu.
  • Two cases were found in the Mwenga health zone, a rural and barely populated area southwest of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province. They drove approx. 700 km from Beni to Mwenga after passing Goma. The first case, a young woman considered a high-risk contact and vaccinated in Beni, died on August 14 in Mwenga. Her son was confirmed positive on August 15 and is currently receiving treatment. More than 120 contacts have been identified and vaccination started on August 15.
  • UNICEF reports that 1,380 children have lost at least one parent since the beginning of the outbreak. Children under 18 are also particularly affected by this outbreak, which accounts for 28% of all cases.
  • South Kivu is heavily affected by uncertainty and recurring displacement, counting 1.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, according to OCHA. Given the absolute lack of multi-area infrastructure and basic services in IPC 3 and currently facing a measles outbreak, people in South Kivu are struggling to access food, healthcare and clean water.
  • So far, 2,859 Ebola cases have been reported (2,765 confirmed and 94 probable cases), 1,902 people have died and 847 have recovered. The outbreak now affects 28 health zones in three provinces of the DRC.


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