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Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo

18 Nov 2021

According to the World Health Organization, the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) that began on 10 October 2021 in North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains stable.

The most recent case was reported on 30 October 2021 and discharged on 4 November 2021. The total number of cases stands at 11 (including 4 deaths) as of 13 November 2021.

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a type of viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF). It is spread through contact with the blood, body fluids or organs of a person or animal with the infection.

Advice to travellers

The risk to travellers becoming infected or developing EVD is extremely low.

  • If you are travelling to a known Ebola outbreak area, you must be aware of the risk of infection and transmission routes of Ebola virus.
  • Medical personnel travelling to work in an outbreak region must follow strict infection prevention control guidance.

If you return home from an Ebola outbreak area, you should seek rapid medical attention by contacting NHS 24 (Scotland) or NHS 111 (rest of UK) for advice prior to attending UK medical facilities if you develop a high temperature (fever) and have:

  • returned to the UK within 21 days from a region or area with a known outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease.
  • had contact with individuals infected with a VHF.

For further information, see the fitfortravel Viral Haemorrhagic Fever page.