Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Released: May 29, 2017

What is Ebola virus disease

Ebola virus disease is a severe and often fatal viral disease. It is transmitted to humans through contact with infected animals. It can then spread from person to person through contact with:

Symptoms of Ebola can include: fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. It can then become more severe, with some people experiencing severe bleeding (hemorrhaging), loss of consciousness and death.

Why should you be concerned about Ebola?

On May 11, 2017 an outbreak of Ebola virus disease was declared in DRC.  The affected area is Likati health zone in Bas-Uele province, a remote area located in the north-eastern part of the country. An investigation is currently ongoing and additional cases can be expected.

The last outbreak of Ebola in DRC was in 2014. That outbreak was contained and ended within four months. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners are working with the DRC to control the current outbreak. An experimental vaccine may be used in response to the outbreak in the DRC. Currently, there is no licensed Ebola vaccine available to travellers. 

See the WHO for the latest updates on Ebola virus disease in DRC.

How can you protect yourself from Ebola?

Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic at least six weeks before your departure.

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