According to the WHO, between April 4 and May 13, a total of 39 Ebola virus disease cases have been reported, including 19 deaths.
"WHO is supporting the establishment of a mobile lab deployed by the [Ministry of Helath] to Bikoro that will be operational in 2 days," Jasarevic said.
The DRC government declared a new outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in Bikoro on May 8. Jasarevic stated that most cases of the disease were from Bikoro Health Zone and a smaller number from the neighboring Iboko Health Zone in Equateur province.
The WHO has estimated that the budget for the response to the outbreak over a 3 month period will be $18 million. On May 13, the WHO delivered two shipments from Geneva and Dubai with more than 30 tonnes of equipment, including Personal Protective Equipment kits, Interagency Emergency Health Kits, boxes for transportation, and body bags.
This is Democratic Republic of Congo’s ninth outbreak of Ebola since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976. On July 2, 2017 the WHO declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola in DRC, in which a total of four people died.
More than 11,000 people died and some 28,000 cases were reported in an Ebola outbreak in West Africa between 2014 and 2015.