A new case of Ebola in Wangata: an urban area in Democratic Republic of Congo
In accordance with the article published on the World Health Organization (WHO) website today, 18th May 2018, it has been confirmed one new case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Wangata, an urban area in the city of Mbandaka, in the north-east of Democratic Republic of Congo.
The announcement, made from the Ministry of Health, follows the laboratory analysis led by the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB), which declared the discovery of one sample as positive for EVD.
As stated by Dr. Matshidiso Moeti (WHO Regional Director for Africa), we are entering a new phase of Ebola disease, since it concerns an urban area. Until this day, all the virus affected the Bikoro zone, a sanitary district located around 150 km from Mbandaka, characterized by very limited tools and inadequate facilities.
Despite the gravity of the situation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, expressed its confidence in the efficacy of the new tools to struggle Ebola disease and its engagement in the cooperation with other partners with the aim of stopping the spread of the virus.
WHO is working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and others organization in the city in order to increase the capability and the surveillance of health facilities, as well as to raise the awareness on the importance of prevention and treatment within the community.
For more information, visit the WHO website here