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
Geographical distribution of confirmed and probable Ebola cases, North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, DRC, as of 19 September 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, 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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Epidemiological update: Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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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, 16-22 September 2018, week 38

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

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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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Communicable disease threats report, 2-8 September 2018, week 36

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Communicable disease threats report, 16-22 September 2018, week 38

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

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Communicable disease threats report, 2-8 September 2018, week 36

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Communicable disease threats report, 26 August-1 September 2018, week 35

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Towards an Ebola-free N’Zerekore

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Dotting the ‘i’s – Ebola outbreak in Guinea

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Laboratory Support Mission: Fighting Ebola in Guinea

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Epidemiological update: Outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa , 23 November 2015

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Oct 2014

Event

17th European Health Forum Gastein

1 Oct 2014 - 3 Oct 2014
Gastein Valley in Austria

Data

Algorithm for Ebola virus disease contact management

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Ebola: reducing the risk of transmission

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How does Ebola spread?

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Algorithm for initial assessment and management of patients for Ebola virus disease

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