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, 19 September 2018
Geographical distribution of confirmed and probable Ebola cases, North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, DRC, as of 19 September 2018

Last updated: 5 October 2018

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. 

  • Cases in the city of Butembo are of concern as there are more than 1 million inhabitants and it is a commercial and travel hub, linking the affected areas to other regions in the DRC and several neighbouring countries (e.g. 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 poses a challenge to the implementation of outbreak control measures.

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 considered very low, states the latest ECDC risk assessment. However, it can only be eliminated by stopping transmission at local level.

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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, 26 August-1 September 2018, week 35

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Local risk of spread is now very high
Butembo has more than 1 million inhabitants and is a commercial and travel hub between the DRC and Uganda
165 cases and 106 deaths
since the beginning of the outbreak
Very low risk of spread to the EU
abut it can only be eliminated by stopping transmission at local level

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

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Communicable disease threats report, 19-25 August 2018, Week 34

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Communicable disease threats report, 12-18 August 2018, week 33

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Communicable disease threats report, 5-11 August 2018, week 32

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Communicable disease threats report, 19-25 August 2018, Week 34

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Communicable disease threats report, 12-18 August 2018, week 33

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Communicable disease threats report, 5-11 August 2018, week 32

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

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Sierra Leone declared free of Ebola

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Recent development on sexual transmission of Ebola virus

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Status of Ebola emergency preparedness in Belgium and Romania: ECDC reports identify strengths and vulnerabilities

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​ECDC call for epidemiologists to join its Ebola response teams in Guinea

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Data

Algorithm for laboratory diagnosis of Ebola virus disease

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Basic facts

Factsheet about Ebola and Marburg fevers

Patient and case management for Ebola virus disease