Weekly Update on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparedness for South Sudan Update #29 (23 March 2019)

1. Highlights

An assessment team of UNICEF, WFP, MSF, and WHO visited Yei River State on 20 March 2019 to assess the level of readiness of the Isolation facility to handle suspected cases. The team will also travel to Nimule and Yambio for the same mission.

Since 28 January 2019, a total of 1, 411 healthcare workers and frontline workers in Yei River State and Gbudwe State have been vaccinated against EVD.

The GeneXpert and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) results for the Ebola alert from Tambura were negative for Ebola Zaire and other strains.

About 12 laboratory personnel were trained on EVD biosafety in Torit from 12 to 14 March 2019, participants were drawn from various counties of former Eastern Equatoria State. ? A suspected EVD alert was reported from Mauna police station of Jubek state. The GenXpert analysis was negative for Ebola.

2. Ebola Situation update from North Kivu of Democratic Republic of Congo

As of 23 March 2019, a total of 1,009 EVD cases, including 944 confirmed and 65 probable cases have been reported.

Since the last report on 17 March 2019, 58 new confirmed EVD cases have been reported, with an additional 31 deaths.

Source: Government of the Republic of South Sudan

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