Outbreak of EVD in northern DRC update

21 July 2020

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On 12 July 2020, the Ministry of Health for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported another death from Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the north of the country. The outbreak was first reported in Equateur Province on 1 June 2020, and currently affects six health zones in the province. Since the beginning of the outbreak, there have been 49 recorded cases, including 20 deaths.

Advice for travellers

When Ebola outbreaks occur, generally the risk of travellers becoming infected or developing EVD is extremely low.

Travellers returning from an EVD outbreak area should seek rapid medical attention if they develop flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, diarrhoea or general malaise, within 21 days after return. They should call NHS24 (Scotland) or NHS111 (England and Wales) or contact their GP by telephone. While EVD infection is unlikely, the returning traveller should mention any potential exposure to the virus including dates and itinerary of travel.

Further information and advice is available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: TRAVAX, 15 July 2020