The Ebola virus epidemic continues to rage in Equateur province, where it was declared on June 1. According to the INRB bulletin of Tuesday July 7, 43 positive cases were reported with 18 deaths. After the town of Mbandaka, the epicenter, the epidemic affected four neighboring health zones.
These 43 positive Ebola cases are spread across the five health zones affected by the epidemic. These are Bikoro: 14 cases with 5 deaths; Bolomba 8 cases, only one death; Iboko 4 cases, only 1 death; Mbandaka 15 cases 10 deaths and Wangata 2 cases with only one death.
According to the provincial multisectoral committee which coordinates the response, the cradle and epicenter of the 11th Ebola epidemic in the DRC remains in particular the urban health zone of Mbandaka. It had registered the first 5 cases, including 4 deaths between May 18 and June 1, the date of the official declaration of the epidemic.
To date, epidemiologically, the same health zone in Mbandaka has broken the record with 15 positive cases and 10 deaths. It is followed by Bikoro, 13 cases among which 5 deaths.
Each site treats its patients in an Ebola treatment center (CTE). Mixed teams are hard at work there. Some CTEs have a respirator, donated by UNICEF and other partners, for complicated cases.
A multi-sectoral provincial committee coordinates the response from Mbandaka. This committee meets every day, with its various commissions, in its headquarters.
Source: Radio Okapi