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Ebola Virus Disease in Northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (Update 2)

26 Jun 2017

According to the World Health Organisation on 20 June 2017, no new confirmed, probable or suspected cases of Ebola virus disease had been reported in Bas Uele Province since the last situation update on 15 June. No new cases have been reported up the present time.

In total, there have been five confirmed and three probable cases (including 4 deaths) in Nambwa, Ngayi and Mabongo districts. The last confirmed case  tested negative for the second time on 21 May 2017.

WHO advises that the risk of further cases is low but  not negligible.

Advice to travellers

The risk of travellers becoming infected or developing Ebola virus disease is extremely low.

The following preventive measures should greatly reduce the risk of infection:

  • Avoid direct contact with blood or body fluids of a sick person or a corpse and with any objects possibly contaminated
  • Avoid close contact with wild animals and consumption of ‘bush meat’
  • Avoid having unprotected sexual intercourse