UN health agency sends epidemic response team to Congo in Ebola outbreak

As of 17 November, the Congolese Ministry of Health had reported 1 laboratory-confirmed case and 10 epidemiologically linked cases, all of them fatal, in Mbomo district in Cuvette Ouest Département. The Congolese Government has officially declared the epidemic as due to Ebola haemorrhagic fever. Laboratory testing carried by the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville (CIRMF), Gabon, partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), has confirmed the diagnosis of Ebola in clinical samples.