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Outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Update 21)

14 Feb 2020

The World Health Organisation reports continued transmission of Ebola virus in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. From August 2018 to 11 February 2020, a total of 3432 Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases were reported, of which 2253 died. The outbreak, which affects North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri Provinces, has slowed down in recent weeks although there are concerns that the situation could deteriorate again.

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.