Ebola outbreak in Bikoro : the situation as of 9 May 2018

Ebola outbreak in BikoroEMERGENCIES – Find all the latest information about the Ebola outbreak in the Bikoro health zone and the response of the Government, UNICEF and their partners to control the outbreak.


As of Thursday 3 May 2018, the provincial health division reported 21 cases of Hemorrhagic fever and 17 deaths in Ikoko Impinge health area of Bikoro health zone. All the cases were reported from 5 villages in Ikoko Impinge health area.

08 May 2018, the Ministry of Public Health (MOH) in DRC made a public declaration to confirm two cases of Ebola among 5 cases of Hemorrhagic fever for which blood samples were investigated in the Bikoro Health Zone of Equateur Province of the Country.

This is the first-time Ebola virus has been reported in this health zone.

The confirmed strain – Ebola Zaire – is the same as those in precedent outbreaks in the country, i.e. Yambuku in 1976, Tandala in 1978, Kikwit in 1995, Kapungu in 2007, Mweka in 2008, Boende in 2014 and Likati in 2017.

The National Coordination Committee (CNC) led by the Minister of Public Health, that include WHO, UNICEF, CDC, MSF and other actors has been put in place to oversee the response. The CNC meets daily.

At the provincial level, a coordination team is in place supported by 6 commissions (Epidemiological surveillance; patient care/management; laboratory examinations; communication; water, hygiene, and sanitation; and logistics) under the leadership of the Provincial Minister of Health. UNICEF Field office in Mbandaka is represented in the provincial team

The MOH developed the first draft of Response Plan with an estimated resource need of USD 7.8 million, and an integrated mission to be led by the Minister of Health together with UNICEF Representative and WHO Representative is planned for Saturday 12 May, 2018

Key figures

  • 21 suspected cases reported
  • 2 confirmed cases by RT-PCR (MoH, 08 May 2018)
  • 17 deaths were recorded with epidemiological link (MoH, 08 May 2018)
  • US$ 7.8 million : budget of the Ministry of Health National Ebola outbreak Response Plan (MoH, 08 May 2018)

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Yves Willemot

Yves Willemot est le chef de l’Équipe InfoCom de l’UNICEF RDC. Plus que tout, ce qui est important pour lui c'est d'être "tous ensemble pour les enfants".

Yves Willemot is Head of the UNICEF DRC InfoCom Team. More than anything, he believes that the most important is to "be together for the children".

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