Ebola Outbreak In The Democratic Republic Of Congo


The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the DRC was declared over on 2 July 2017, 42 days after the last laboratory-confirmed EVD case tested negative twice for EVD. Heightened surveillance is being maintained so that any new cases/s of Ebola can be rapidly identified should they occur.

Since the recent emergence of EVD in the DRC, a cumulative total of eight EVD cases (five laboratory-confirmed and three probable) including four deaths had been reported.  Suspected cases were also reported but tested negative for EVD. During the outbreak period, reported cases remained confined to Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province bordering the Central African Republic. Of the four deaths reported, one was laboratory-confirmed and three were probable cases. All identified contacts have completed the follow-up monitoring period.

This was the eighth EVD outbreak in the DRC since 1976. The last outbreak occurred in 2014 with 66 cases and 49 deaths.

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