EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE (EVD) OUTBREAK IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)
On 2 June 2017, two cases previously reported as suspected were confirmed as positive for EVD by serology.
Since the emergence of EVD in the DRC, four laboratory-confirmed and three probable EVD cases including four deaths have been reported. Reported cases remains confined to Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province bordering the Central African Republic. Of the four deaths reported, 1 was laboratory-confirmed and 3 were probable cases. About 390 identified contacts have completed the monitoring period.
This is the eighth EVD outbreak in the DRC since 1976. The last outbreak occurred in 2014 with 66 cases and 49 deaths. The DRC has successfully contained previous EVD outbreaks, and has capacity and resources to respond appropriately. There is a very low risk of transmission to South Africa. However, South African Emergency Departments and clinicians are advised to be on the alert for cases of fever and/or haemorrhagic symptoms amongst returning travellers from the area. Malaria remains the commonest and most important cause of fever amongst persons returning from African destinations. South African Port Health authorities have been informed and continue to screen persons who enter via air ports for fever. No travel restrictions are in place.
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