The Ministry of Health and WHO continue to closely monitor the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with cautious optimism. On 17 June 2018, one new suspected EVD case was reported in Itipo health area, Iboko Health Zone. Three laboratory specimens (from suspected cases reported previously) tested negative. Test results of nine suspected cases reported (previously) in Bikoro (4), Iboko (3) and Ingende (2) health zones are pending. Since 17 May 2018, no new confirmed EVD cases have been reported in Bikoro and Wangata health zones, while the last confirmed case-patient in Iboko Health Zone developed symptoms on 2 June 2018, was confirmed on 6 June 2018 and died on 9 June 2018.
Since the beginning of the outbreak (on 4 April 2018), a total of 62 EVD cases and 28 deaths have been reported, as of 17 June 2018. Of the 62 cases, 38 have been laboratory confirmed, 14 are probable (deaths for which it was not possible to collect laboratory specimens for testing) and 10 are suspected. Of the 52 confirmed and probable cases, 28 have died, giving a case fatality rate of 54%. Fifty-two percent (27) of the confirmed and probable cases are from Iboko, followed by 21 (40%) from Bikoro and four (8%) from Wangata health zones. A total of five healthcare workers have been affected, with four confirmed cases and two deaths.
The number of contacts requiring follow-up is progressively decreasing, with a total 1 417 completing the mandatory 21-day follow-up period. As of 17 June 2018, a total of 289 contacts were under follow up, of which 276 (96%) were reached on the reporting date.
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