Ebola and Marburg fevers
Ebola outbreak in the Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – 2018
An Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak is ongoing in the Equateur Province, DRC.
50 cases including 22 deaths were reported as of 31 May 2018 - in Bikoro, Iboko and Wangata.
The outbreak is not unexpected, since it is in a recognised area of Ebola virus circulation. However, the proximity of the Congo River and the cases in Mbandaka (a city of 1.2 million people) increase the risk of the virus spreading to neighbouring countries.
The risk of introduction to the EU and the risk of EU travellers/residents in DRC getting infected is considered very low.
Surveillance and disease data
2014 was the first year that Ebola viral haemorrhagic fever infections were notified in TESSy, prompted by an outbreak in West Africa. Several, mostly travel-related, cases were reported in Europe since. Latest data from the Annual epidemiological report