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Biological Health Hazard – The Ebola Plague (Surveillance Update): Africa

2018/05/16

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Ebola Spreading

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Ebola case count update

As of 13 May, there is a cumulative total of 41 cases, including 20 deaths (case fatality rate = 48.8%) and three healthcare workers from Bikoro (n=2) and Iboko (n=1). Of the 41 cases reported, two cases are confirmed ( Zaire ebolavirus species), 17 are suspected and 22 are probable.

Bikoro Health Zone reported the highest number of cases (n=31), followed by Iboko (n=8) and Mbandaka (n=2) Health Zones.

Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90% caused by Ebola virus, a member of the filovirus family.

The Ebola virus was first identified in 1976 when 2 simultaneous outbreaks occurred, 1 in Yambuku, a village not far from the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the other in a remote area of Sudan.

The origin of the virus is unknown, but current evidence suggests that fruit bats (Pteropodidae) may be a host.

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See Also

EBOLA UPDATE (08): SUMMARY, EMERGENCY PLAN, VACCINE, ROADS
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Published Date: 2018-05-15 17:03:58
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (08): summary, emergency plan, vaccine, roads
Archive Number: 20180515.5797415

In this update:
[1] CIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy) summary
[2] Emergency Plan of Action
[3] Vaccine (rVSV-ZEBOV)
[4] Bikoro infrastructure — 2016

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