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 epicurve, DRC and Uganda, 18 June 2019
Distribution of confirmed and probable cases of Ebola virus disease and trend line, by week of reporting, Democratic Republic of the Congo as of 18 June 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.

  • 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.

Latest ECDC risk assessment and epidemiological update

Last updated: 18 June 2019

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Communicable disease threats report, 16-22 June 2019, week 25

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Communicable disease threats report, 9-15 June 2019, Week 24

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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 June 2019, Week 23

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Communicable Disease Threats Report, 19-25 May 2019, Week 21

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2190 cases and 1470 deaths
since the beginning of the outbreak
1 case in Uganda
infected in DRC
Very low risk of spread to the EU
only eliminated by stopping transmission at local level