Ebola – DR Coongo
The Congolese health ministry on Saturday reported a further five confirmed cases of Ebola in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, blaming the higher-than-normal daily increase on community resistance to disease response efforts.
The current epidemic in Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces has seen 140 confirmed cases since July, 108 of whom have died, according to the ministry’s daily bulletin, which has been reporting an average of one to two new confirmed cases per day in recent weeks.
Newcastle Disease – Zimbabwe
In the past six days, farmers in the Mvuma area, Midlands Province have lost a number of chickens to a suspected outbreak of the Newcastle disease. Newcastle disease is a contagious viral bird disease affecting domestic and wild avian species. Most farmers said the disease had wiped out chickens from several homesteads, leaving the chicken runs virtually empty in the past few days.