ECDC rapid risk assessment update: Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, DRC

09 October 2018

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The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has published an update to its rapid risk assessment examining the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

As of 30 September 2018, the ministry of health of the DRC reported 161 probable and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, making this the fourth largest outbreak of EVD recorded in DRC. Genetic analysis of the viral strains showed that there is no link between this outbreak and the one in Equateur province of DRC, reported in May this year.

The probability that EU/EEA citizens living or travelling in EVD-affected areas of DRC will be exposed to the disease is low, provided they adhere to the precautionary measures recommended in the rapid risk assessment.

There are no international airports in the affected areas of DRC that offer direct flights to EU/EEA member states, which limits the risk of the virus being introduced into the EU/EEA. The overall risk of introduction and further spread of Ebola virus within the EU/EEA is very low. However, the risk can only be eliminated by stopping transmission at local level.

The rapid risk assessment is available on the ECDC website

Source: ECDC, 5 October 2018