For about a month now, the Republic of Congo has been experiencing an acute flaccid paralysis epidemic outbreak, which has so far affected 123 people and killed 61, i.e. a 50% lethality rate. It is now confirmed to be a Wild Polio Virus Type 1 outbreak which requires immediate vaccination campaign (2-3 rounds) to interrupt transmission.
A landslide due to heavy rains on the slopes of Nyrangongo Volcano in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 46 people and washed away more than 200 homes. UN peace keepers rush to aid displaced people.
The city of Goma and the area of Nyiragongo located at the bottom of the volcano are and will remain high risk areas. Since January 2009, the Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes have been showing the following signs: recurrent seismic swarms of volcanic nature; great range volcano tremors at the seismographic station of Rusayo, where they happened more frequently than in other stations. This means that the volcano tremors mainly come from Nyiragongo, which lake of lava is very active.
In 2009 there have been 26 cases of Polio which 3 have been in Angola, 5 in Uganda and 18 in Sudan. This continued circulation of polio in countries neighbouring DR Congo has led to the government and health sector partners to organise a series of national vaccination days (JLS).
An Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever outbreak has been declared in the Mweka health zones of the Western Kasai province following the death of a parturient, her baby and the person who accompanied them to the hospital.