Ebola outbreak in the DRC

15 May 2018

Article: 52/1905

The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) after confirmation of two cases in patients at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in Kinshasa. This is the ninth outbreak of EVD in the DRC since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976.

More specimens are currently being collected for testing. The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the government and other partners to coordinate a response to this current outbreak of EVD. 

The UK Government has issued a response to the Ebola cases in the DRC and has said that it is working with the government there and the World Health Organization (WHO) to monitor the situation and be ready to quickly act to tackle the spread of the disease.

Source: WHO, 8 May 2018