Ebola and Marburg fevers

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

Ebola virus disease cases DR Congo as of 2 January 2019
Epi curve: Ebola Virus Disease, North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, DRC, as of 2 January 2019

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. This is the largest-ever outbreak reported in the country and the world's second largest in history.

  • The security situation and humanitarian crisis in North Kivu Province is a challenge to the implementation of outbreak control measures, with consequences for safe and dignified burial activities.
  • Infections and deaths among healthcare workers constitute an increased risk of amplification of nosocomial transmission.
  • The outbreak is ongoing in areas with an important cross-border population flow with Rwanda and Uganda.
  • The number of cases and affected areas is increasing and it is unlikely that the outbreak will be controlled in the near future

According to WHO, there is a very high risk for national and regional spread. The risk of spread to the EU via infected travellers is currently very low. However, it can only be eliminated by stopping transmission at local level.

Latest ECDC risk assessment and epidemiological update

Last updated: 2 January

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Communicable disease threats report, 30 December-5 January 2019, week 1

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

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Communicable disease threats report, 16-22 December 2018, week 51

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Communicable disease threats report, 9-15 December 2018, week 50

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Communicable disease threats report, 2-8 December 2018, week 49

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630 cases and 385 deaths
since the beginning of the outbreak
49
health workers infected
Very low risk of spread to the EU
only eliminated by stopping transmission at local level

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Communicable disease threats report, 6-12 January 2019, week 2

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Communicable disease threats report, 30 December-5 January 2019, week 1

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

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Communicable disease threats report, 16-22 December 2018, week 51

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Communicable disease threats report, 6-12 January 2019, week 2

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Communicable disease threats report, 30 December-5 January 2019, week 1

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Communicable disease threats report, 16-22 December 2018, week 51

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

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

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

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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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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

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Surveillance systems overview for 2017

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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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