Suspected ebola outbreak Congo Brazzaville: MSF sends assessment team

A total of nine people are reported to have died of the highly contagious haemorrhagic fever, Ebola, in Cuvette Ouest province of Congo Brazzaville, located some 500kms north of the capital Brazzaville. An emergency assessment team of Ministry of Health (MoH) left Brazzaville on Thursday (May 12) to investigate the suspected outbreak. MSF has sent an assessment team to join the MoH team in investigating the outbreak and to decide whether an MSF contribution to an intervention is possible and necessary. Ebola is a haemorrhagic fever transmitted through direct contact with body fluids of infected persons or other primates. There is no cure and between 50 percent and 90 percent of victims die. In this part of Congo Brazzaville, ebola outbreak cases have continued to periodically appear, suggesting an underlying endemic situation.