Jun 11, 2004 (CIDRAP News) The outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in southern Sudan had increased to 30 cases with seven deaths as of yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.
The outbreak has grown slowly since it was reported in Yambio County of Western Equatoria province in May, according to WHO reports. The agency originally reported 19 cases with four deaths on May 24. By Jun 7 officials said there were 28 cases with seven deaths.
A total of 157 contacts of patients are being followed up, the WHO said. In addition, "intensive social mobilization activities are being carried out" to contain the outbreak. These include workshop for teachers, counseling for patients and their family members, and distribution of educational materials in schools and community centers.