Ebola and Marburg fevers

Ebola virus disease outbreak, North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo - 2018

Map of Ebola outbreak, in North Kivu and Ituri, DRC, 10 October 2018
Map of Ebola outbreak, in North Kivu and Ituri, DRC, 10 October 2018

Background

On 1 August 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared the 10th outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the country, affecting North Kivu and Ituri Provinces in the northeast of the country, close to the border with Uganda. 

  • The cases in Butembo are of concern as there are more than 1 million inhabitants and it is a commercial and travel hub between Rwanda and Uganda;
  • The situation is aggravated by the displacement of people due to conflict and crisis. The security situation and humanitarian crisis in North Kivu Province is a challenge to the implementation of outbreak control measures.
  • In October an increasing trend in weekly case incidence has been observed. These cases are likely underestimated and delayed due to security concerns, case reporting and the difficulty of ongoing detection of sporadic cases

On 27 September 2018, the WHO raised the risk level for national and regional spread to very high. The risk of spread to the EU via infected travellers is currently very low, according to latest ECDC risk assessment. However, it can only be eliminated by stopping transmission at local level.

Last updated: 12 October 2018

Updates

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Communicable disease threats report, 14-20 October, week 42

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Communicable disease threats report, 7-13 October, week 41

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Communicable disease threats report, 30 September-6 October 2018, week 40

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Communicable disease threats report, 9-15 September 2018, week 37

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200 cases and 125 deaths
since the beginning of the outbreak
Very low risk of spread to the EU
only eliminated by stopping transmission at local level
Local risk of spread is very high
Butembo is a commercial and travel hub between the DRC and Uganda

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Communicable disease threats report, 14-20 October, week 42

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Communicable disease threats report, 7-13 October, week 41

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Rapid risk assessment: Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo – first update

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Communicable disease threats report, 30 September-6 October 2018, week 40

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Publication

Communicable disease threats report, 14-20 October, week 42

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Publication

Communicable disease threats report, 7-13 October, week 41

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Publication

Communicable disease threats report, 30 September-6 October 2018, week 40

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Publication

Rapid risk assessment: Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo – first update

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News

Epidemiological update: Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo: the risk of introduction to the EU remains very low

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Epidemiological update: New Ebola cluster in Guinea, 22 March 2016

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Towards an Ebola-free N’Zerekore

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Feb 2016

Event

ECDC Acting Director’s Exchange of Views on 2015 activities before the ENVI Committee

23 Feb 2016
Brussels, Belgium
Oct 2015

Event

Lessons learnt for public health from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa – how to improve preparedness and response in the EU for future outbreaks

12 Oct 2015 - 14 Oct 2015
Luxembourg
Feb 2015

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Training course: Ebola and Marburg Diagnostic

24 Feb 2015 - 27 Feb 2015
Robert Koch-Institute, Berlin
Nov 2014

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Exchange of views on the Ebola crisis, European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

5 Nov 2014
Brussels, Belgium

Data

Surveillance systems overview for 2016

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Surveillance systems overview for 2015

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Tutorial on the safe use of personal protective equipment

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Table. Ebola or Marburg viral haemorrhagic fever disease, surveillance systems overview, 2014

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