All patients have been discharged from the MSF isolation center in Kampungu, Western Kasai province, in central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where they were being monitored for Ebola hemorrhagic fever. The patients no longer presented symptoms and were in good overall health.
Some 46 patients in total have shown symptoms of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the province of Western Kasai, central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Seven patients have tested positive for the Ebola virus after sample analysis in laboratories. Of the seven confirmed, one has died. The 39 remaining patients are still suspected cases, of which 13 have died.
As of January 7, a total of 42 patients have been reported with suspected Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the province of Western Kasai, central DRC. Thirteen of the 42 patients have died. The epicenter of the epidemic is believed to be Kaluamba village, in the center of the province.
Luis Encinas recently returned from Kasai Occidental province in central DRC, where he led the MSF team fighting an epidemic of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. A nurse by profession and the operations coordinator for this MSF project, Encinas spoke about the situation on the ground and how MSF has changed its way of responding to Ebola.
On the morning of December 28, a woman with symptoms of what could be Ebola hemorrhagic fever died in Western Kasai Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On December 25, a man with similar symptoms died. These two bring the total number of deaths to 11 in what are 35 suspected cases of Ebola in the area.
Blood samples from patients in the Western Kasai Province in central Democratic Republic of Congo that were sent to laboratories in Gabon have tested positive for Ebola hemorrhagic fever. Thirty -three people suspected of suffering from Ebola, including nine people who have died, have been reported since November 27. Additional blood and stool samples have been taken for testing.