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Outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Update 23)

25 Mar 2020

The World Health Organization reports that there have been no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 17 February 2020. 

As of 17 March 2020. there have been 3 444 cases of EVD since the outbreak began in August 2018. 

The absence of new cases is a very positive development but it is essential surveillance, control and treatment operations remain in place until the end of the outbreak, and afterwards.

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.