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



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

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  • The tenth outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues unhindered and has now reached South Kivu.
  • Two cases were detected in Mweng Health Zone, a rural and sparsely populated area southwest of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu. They traveled approximately 700 km from Beni to Mweng, passing Goma. The first case, a young woman who is considered to be a high-risk person and vaccinated in Bena, died on August 14 in Mwenga. Her son was confirmed positive on August 15 and is currently undergoing treatment. More than 120 contacts were identified and vaccination began on 15 August.
  • UNICEF reports that 1,380 children have lost at least one parent since the epidemic began. Children under 18 are also particularly affected by this outbreak, accounting for 28% of all cases.
  • South Kivu, hit hard by insecurity and constant displacement, has 1.7 million people in need of humanitarian aid, according to OCHA. Given the absolute lack of infrastructure and basic services, with several areas in IPC 3 and currently experiencing a measles epidemic, people in South Kivu are struggling to access food, health care and clean water.
  • So far, 2,859 cases of Ebola have been reported (2,765 confirmed and 94 probable cases), 1,902 people have died and 847 have recovered. The blast is now affecting 28 health zones in three DRC provinces.


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