Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo : 2017 Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bas Uélé District as of June 15, 2017
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Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo : 2017 Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bas Uélé District as of June 15, 2017

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      On May 11, 2017, the Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo notified international public health agencies of a cluster of suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Likati health zone of the province of Bas Uélé. The report mentioned 8 cases, including two deaths, with a third death reported on May 12. Testing of samples was conducted by the Institut National de Recherche Biomedicale (INRB) in Kinshasa, with two samples testing positive for Ebola Zaire by RT-PCR. Teams from international agencies, including CDC, WHO, MSF (Doctors without Borders), and others, supported the Ministry of Public Health’s epidemiologic, diagnostic, clinical, and communications efforts to respond to the outbreak. The response faced challenging logistical obstacles, including the remoteness of the area and limited services. Mobile diagnostic laboratories provided testing of samples in the affected areas. Following a period of no new laboratory-confirmed cases, the Ministry of Public Health announced that a period of time equal to two incubation periods for Ebolavirus, or two times 21, or 42, days, would start on May 17, 2017. If no cases of EVD are confirmed by the end of this period, the outbreak will be declared over.
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