Outbreak of EVD in northern DRC

16 June 2020

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On 1 June 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Mbandaka, Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This is in a different area from the previously reported large outbreak, which has been on-going in the east of the country since 2018.

As of 6 June 2020, a total of 12 cases including six deaths, have been reported in Bikoro, Mbandaka and Wangata health zones.

Advice to travellers

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

Travellers returning from an EVD outbreak area should seek rapid medical attention if they develop flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, diarrhoea or general malaise, within 21 days after return. They should call NHS24 (Scotland) or NHS111 (England and Wales) or contact their GP by telephone. While EVD infection is unlikely, the returning traveller should mention any potential exposure to the virus including dates and itinerary of travel.

Further information and advice is available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: TRAVAX, 9 June 2020