Suspected Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreak in Orientale Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo

For the second time this year, a number of people in Orientale Province have become ill with symptoms suggesting Ebola haemorrhagic fever. So far, there have been 6 suspicious deaths in the past 3 weeks. Another 7 suspected cases have been reported in Isiro and Monga health zones in Orientale Province. This most recent outbreak has not yet been confirmed by laboratory tests that are pending.

There is no treatment or vaccine for Ebola haemorrhagic fever. Any traveller in the affected area should avoid any direct contact with anyone suspected to have this infection since it is highly contagious and lethal. Transmission often occurs during burial rituals (such as washing the body) for deceased patients, close physical contact with infected persons and their body fluids, during sexual contact or within hospitals through contact with blood and body fluids of infected persons.

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