Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ongoing Ebola virus disease outbreak, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Geographical distribution of confirmed and probable cases of Ebola virus disease,  Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda as of 17 August 2019
Geographic distribution of Ebola virus disease cases, Democratic Republic of the Congo as of 17 August 2019

The 10th outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been ongoing since August 2018.This is the largest-ever outbreak reported in the country and the world's second largest in history. It has been been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 17 July 2019.

  • The outbreak is ongoing in a densely-populated region, which is also experiencing a long-lasting humanitarian and security crisis. The affected region is characterised by insufficient prevention control practices in many health facilities and persistent reluctance in the community to accept response activities;
  • Many cases are detected among individuals not previously identified as contacts, stressing the need to maintain enhanced surveillance and identify the chains of transmission.
  • The fact that the outbreak is ongoing in areas with cross-border population flow with Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi and Uganda remains of particular concern.

Latest: The detection of cases in South Kivu in mid-August show that the outbreak is spreading further south. Although not unexpected, these cases are worrying as they pose a risk of onward transmission.

Read: ECDC current risk assessment and latest epidemiological update

 

Last updated: 19 August 2019

Latest updates

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Communicable disease threats report, 18-24 August 2019, week 34

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Communicable disease threats report, 11-17 August 2019, week 33

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Ebola treatment trial: two drugs identified as more effective

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Communicable disease threats report, 4-10 August 2019, week 32

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

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Communicable disease threats report, 21-27 July 2019, Week 30

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2877 cases incl. 1934 deaths
since the beginning of the outbreak
New areas affected
Pinga (North Kivu) and Mwenga (South Kivu)
Very low risk of spread to the EU
only eliminated by stopping transmission at local level