ECDC rapid risk assessment on Ebola in the DRC updated

23 April 2019

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The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has released an update to its rapid risk assessment on the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This is the fourth update to the rapid risk assessment, which was originally produced on 9 August 2018.

The rapid risk assessment addresses the public health risk associated with the current Ebola virus outbreak in the DRC and its implications for EU and EEA citizens.

The update was triggered by an increase of EVD transmission in the affected areas over recent weeks, the persistent occurrence of new cases among contacts unknown at the time of EVD diagnosis, the occurrence of a substantial number of cases outside of the ring vaccination contacts and current challenges for the prevention and control of EVD.

Despite this, the probability that EU/EEA citizens living or travelling in EVD-affected areas of the DRC will be exposed to the virus is low provided they adhere to recommended precautionary measures.

The most likely route of importation of the virus into the EU/EEA is through infected travellers from affected areas. Since the volume of travellers is small, there are no international airports in the affected areas with direct flights to EU/EEA member states and exit screening is in place at Goma airport, the risk of EVD-infected people arriving in the EU/EEA is very low. However, the risk can only be eliminated by stopping transmission at local level.

Source: ECDC, 17 April 2019