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Outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Update 1)

20 Aug 2018

On 19 August 2018 the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo  issued an updated case report for the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces. In total, there have been 91 cases, of which 64 are confirmed and 27 probable. There have been 23 deaths. Eighty one of the 91 cases have been in North Kivu.

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.