Humanitarian Health Action

Democratic Republic of the Congo news releases and feature stories

2014

  • December 2014

    Democratic Republic of the Congo: The country that knows how to beat Ebola

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a long experience with Ebola – this was the seventh outbreak of the disease here. The country had the knowledge and the people needed to stop an outbreak – plus strong technical assistance and support from WHO. The year 2014 saw two parallel outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in Africa. The West African outbreak – which began in December 2013 and mainly affects Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – continues to this day. A separate and unrelated outbreak in Boende, Equateur Province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – first reported to WHO on 24 August – was officially declared at an end on 21 November, less than three months later.

  • 21 November 2014

    WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    On 24 August, WHO was notified by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Jeera County, Equateur Province. This outbreak, which is unrelated to that affecting West Africa, caused a total of 66 cases of EVD including 8 among health care workers. By November 20, 42 days had passed since the last case tested negative twice and was discharged from hospital. Having reached that 42-day mark, the Democratic Republic of Congo is now considered free of Ebola transmission.

  • September 2014

    Democratic Republic of Congo: “classic” Ebola in a country experiencing its seventh outbreak

    Immediately after the first case of Ebola virus disease in Guinea was announced, on 23 March, WHO activated its network of specialized biosafety level 4 laboratories that are equipped and staffed to safely work with the world’s most hazardous pathogens. The Ebola virus is among them. Those labs would play a key role in characterizing and differentiating the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC.

  • 18 September 2014

    Joint Mission to Boende on Ebola Virus Disease outbreak

    The Ministry of Health, health partners and WHO went on a joint mission to the Boende health district in north-western Democratic Republic of the Congo where there has been found some Ebola virus cases. The aim of the mission was to study ways to deploy medical staff and supply medical equipment to control the Ebola virus. By 17 September 2014 there has been a total of 71 Ebola virus cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and 40 deaths.

  • 2 September 2014

    Virological analysis: no link between Ebola outbreaks in west Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo

    The outbreak is located in the remote Boende district, Equateur province in the north-western part of the country. Results from virus characterization, together with findings from the epidemiological investigation, are definitive: the outbreak in DRC is a distinct and independent event, with no relationship to the outbreak in west Africa. As the Gabon laboratory report clearly stated, “the virus in the Boende district is definitely not derived from the virus strain currently circulating in west Africa.”

  • 2 September 2014

    Democratic Republic of th e Congo health news release in French

    'It is crucial that the Ebola virus disease remains confined in one area of health Boende and it does not reach Mbandaka, the provincial county seat…' 'was by the Minister of Health Dr Felix Kabange Numbi, on his arrival in Mbandaka (Northwest) the 1st of September 2014.

  • 24 April 2014

    Fièvre jaune en République démocratique du Congo

    Le 12 mars 2014, deux événements impliquant la fièvre jaune ont été notifiés dans le nord et le sud de la RDC. Six cas confirmés en laboratoire d’infection par le virus de la fièvre jaune ont été signalés. Sur ce chiffre, trois venaient de la zone sanitaire de Bondo1, Province orientale, deux de la zone sanitaire de Buta, Province orientale et un de la zone sanitaire de Kikondja, Province du Katanga. Au total 139 cas suspects, probables et confirmés, dont six décès, ont été notifiés.