National Services Scotland logo

Fit for Travel Logo

Information on how to stay safe and healthy abroad. About us.

Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Equateur Province) (Update 3)

28 May 2018

The Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Link has reported (in French) a total of 56 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Equateur Province. Of these cases 35 are confirmed, 13 are probable and 8 are suspected. There have been 25 deaths.

All of the cases have been reported from four Health Zones: Bikoro (22), Iboko (28) and Wangata (5) and Ntondo (1). The total number of cases has fallen from 58 since the most recent update on TRAVAX (23 May 2018) as some have returned a negative laboratory result.

Advice to travellers

When Ebola outbreaks occur, generally the risk of travellers becoming infected or developing Ebola virus disease is extremely low.

Travellers returning from tropical countries should always seek rapid medical attention if they develop flu-like symptoms (such as fever, headache, diarrhoea or general malaise) within three weeks after return, and be reminded to mention to their health care provider that they have recently travelled.

For further information see Viral Haemorrhagic Fever.