No new confirmed Ebola cases in Congo since May 30th, but vigilance still required

From Voa News

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports no new cases of Ebola in the DR Congo’s Port City of Mbandaka and remote town of Bikoro have been confirmed since May 17.

WHO says the last confirmed case was reported on May 30 in Itipo, a village in the area of Iboko.

The total of confirmed cases stands at 37, including 25 deaths.

The U.N. agency said not too much should be read into the fact that the number of confirmed Ebola cases has remained relatively stable since mid-May. It said these numbers should be viewed with some caution.

 WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said it is critical that all people who have had contact with an infected person are identified. He said even one person with Ebola could create a number of new cases by coming in contact with people at social events or religious ceremonies such as funerals.

Jasarevic told VOA it is premature to let down one’s guard. He says health care workers, responders and communities must remain vigilant.

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