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Ebola outbreak in Bas Uele, DRC new rapid risk assessment

19 May 2017
Following the eighth outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the discovery of the virus in 1976, ECDC has published a new rapid risk assessment. Investigations in DRC are ongoing to assess the extent of the outbreak in Bas Uele. World Health Organization (WHO) and its Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) partners are supporting the national health authorities in the response. Although the outbreak is occurring in a very remote area to date, the spread of the disease to neighbouring regions cannot be ruled out.
On 9 May 2017, the health authorities in DRC declared an outbreak in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele province in the north of the country, bordering the Central African Republic. According to the WHO, eleven cases, including three deaths, were identified. Media are reporting 19 suspected cases in total.
 
For European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) citizens living in or travelling through DRC, the risk of exposure is negligible. 
For people entering the affected area, such as healthcare workers supporting the response to the outbreak, the risk of infection remains very low, assuming that they follow the recommended precautions.
 
The risk of introduction into the EU would most probably be related to an infected traveller coming from the affected area. Although this is most unlikely, given the remote location of the outbreak, it cannot be excluded. The overall risk of the introduction and further spread of Ebola virus within the EU/EEA is therefore currently considered to be extremely low. 

Read the full rapid risk assessment: Outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Bas Uele province, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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