MSF investigates suspected viral haemorrhagic fever in Congo

There are some press reports regarding a supected viral haemorrhagic fever in Durba, near Watsa in the northeastern part of DRC.

Some people see this disease as Ebola but MSF cannot confirm as yet what this disease is. Since Sunday (May 1, 1999) MSF has four people in the region:

  • one epidemiologist
  • one doctor (who worked in Kikwit and Gabon and is an Ebola specialist
  • one Head of Mission from the project in Kisangani
  • one water/sanitation logistician.

    They are doing tests and tomorrow (Tuesday May 4, 1999) the samples will be sent to South Africa.