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Outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Update 22)

21 Feb 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in 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 10 confirmed cases. Of these, 9 were in Beni Health Zone, South Kivu. The other case was 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 Ebola virus disease in North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri Provinces in the eastern part of DRC.

Advice to travellers

When Ebola outbreaks occur, generally the risk of travellers becoming infected or developing Ebola virus disease is extremely low. Other potentially dangerous infections such as malaria, dengue abd chikungunya are also likely to be present in outbreak areas.

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

For further information see Viral Haemorrhagic Fever.