Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ebola virus disease outbreaks, Democratic Republic of the Congo

The 10th outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) took place in the north-eastern part of the country in North-Kivu, South-Kivu and Ituri Provinces. It was first declared as an outbreak in August 2018 and was declared over by the minister of health on 25 June 2020. It was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern from 17 July 2019 till 26 June 2020. This was the largest-ever outbreak reported in the country and the world's second largest in history. Since the beginning of the outbreak, there have been there have been 3 470 cases (3 317 confirmed and 153 probable) including 2 287 deaths reported.

The 11th outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the DRC was declared on 1 June 2020 and is ongoing on the western side of the country in Equateur Province. Updates for this outbreak can be found in the weekly Communicable disease threats reports (CDTR).

  • Ebola outbreaks in the DRC are recurrent as the virus is present in an animal reservoir in many parts of the country. Continuing response measures, a high level of surveillance, and follow-up of survivors is essential to detect and interrupt transmission early on. Response measures might be challenging amid the other outbreaks in the country.

Latest updates

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Communicable disease threats report, 26 July - 1 August 2020, week 31

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Communicable disease threats report, 19-25 July 2020, week 30

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Communicable disease threats report, 12-18 July 2020, week 29

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Communicable disease threats report, 5-11 July 2020, week 28

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Communicable disease threats report, 28 June - 4 July 2020, week 27

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Situation update Equateur Province, 21 July 2020

62 cases incl. 27 deaths
in Equateur Province
Affected areas in DRC
7 health zones in Equateur Province
Very low risk of spread to the EU
only eliminated by stopping transmission at local level