|Event:|| EP Epidemic|
|Country:|| COD Congo Democratic Republic|
|Date (YMD):|| 2022-4-18|
|Information Source:||DRC Red Cross and IFRC|
|Comments:|| Since January, the locality of Ituri is experiencing a resurgence of Plague. On 04 April 2022, the Provincial Health Division (DPS) of Ituri Province officially declared a resurgence of the Bubonic Plague epidemic in the Rethy health zone in Djugu territory. According to the authorities, the history of this disease in the Rethy health zone goes back to more than 9 outbreaks, and the eighth one dates back to January 2022 in the UKETHA health area. On 07/04/2022, the epidemiological situation was as follows: 31 notified cases of which only 15 were tested, 2 deaths and nearly 2,000 contacts listed in the absence of local reactivity. The epicentre of the plague disease is in the Health Areas of Lokpa, Rassia and Uketha, which are home to the 3 confirmed cases and deaths recorded so far. These 3 health areas are located in the Rethy health zone, Djugu territory, in ITURI Province. the cases have been confirmed so far as Bubonic plague.
Between 4 and 16 April 2022, 20 more cases were notified by the Lokpa health centre but in the absence of testing.|