Ebola outbreak in DRC

25 February 2020

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues, although new cases are becoming less frequent. In the 21 days leading up to 16 February 2020, there were ten confirmed cases, of which nine were in Beni Health Zone, South Kivu, with the other being reported in Mabalako Health Zone, North Kivu.

From the beginning of the outbreak in August 2018 to 16 February 2020, there have been 3,432 cases of EVD in North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri Provinces in the eastern part of DRC.

Advice for travellers

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

Travellers returning from an Ebola 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 either NHS24 (Scotland), NHS111 (England and Wales) or contact their GP by telephone. While EVD 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, 21 February 2020