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
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.
- In June 2019, Uganda confirmed the first case in the country, a five-year-old child who has a recent travel history to DRC. The time between the onset of symptoms and isolation was less than two days.
- 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
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.
Last updated: 18 June 2019