Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - ongoing

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

Ebola virus disease cases DR Congo as of 13 February 2019
Distribution of confirmed and probable cases of Ebola virus disease, North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo, as of 13 February 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 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, South Sudan 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

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. However, it can only be eliminated by stopping transmission at local level.

Latest ECDC risk assessment and epidemiological update

Last updated: 14 February 2019

Latest updates

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Communicable disease threats report, 10-16 February 2019, Week 7

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

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Communicable disease threats report, 3-9 February 2019, Week 6

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Communicable disease threats report, 27 January-2 February 2019, Week 5

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Communicable Disease Threats Report, 20-26 January 2019, week 4

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829 cases and 521 deaths
since the beginning of the outbreak
68
health workers infected
Very low risk of spread to the EU
only eliminated by stopping transmission at local level