Ebola – DRC+
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
Ebola Outbreak in DRC 90: 28 April 2020
Situation Update WHO Health Emergencies Programme Page 2
From 20 to 26 April 2020, there have been no new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since the resurgence of the outbreak on 10 April 2020, six confirmed cases have been reported, all from the Kasanga Health Area in Beni Health Zone.
The resurgence of EVD in Beni Health Zone highlights the importance of heightened vigilance for this disease in the face of significant challenges around community engagement, access to affected areas, ongoing insecurity, and limited response capacity due to other local and global emergencies. New cases are expected among contacts of recent cases. It is essential to detect, isolate, test and treat new suspected cases as early as possible in order to improve outcome of cases and break the chain of transmission. Strong coordination and communication among partners, the Ministry of Health, local authorities and the communities are essential to address these challenges. In addition, stronger advocacy for survivors is essential, such as mitigating rumours and stigmatization of EVD survivors.