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Statement on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On May 12th the World Health Organization on their web site stated that there is a new case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). According to this statement, on 9 May WHO was informed by the Ministry of Health of the DRC of a cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths including haemorrhagic symptoms in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in the north of the DRC, bordering Central African Republic and one sample of the five that have been tested was positive for Ebola virus.

“An investigation team led by the Ministry of Health and supported by WHO and partners has deployed and is expected to reach the affected area in the coming days”, says Dr Peter Salama, WHO Executive Director for Emergencies. In addition to the epidemiological investigation, WHO and its’ partners are supporting the Ministry of Health of the DRC in all aspects of the response.