ECDC publishes risk assessment update on Ebola virus disease in the DRC

13 August 2019

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On 7 August 2019, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published its sixth update of a rapid risk assessment on Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The update addresses the impact of active chains of EVD transmission reported outside the outbreak’s epicentre, specifically in Goma, a provincial capital in the DRC. 

Goma has an airport serving international flights to several African countries including the Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambia. This increases the risk that citizens of the EU/EEA living and travelling in the DRC may get infected, and potentially introduce the disease to their home countries. However, the risk of the introduction of Ebola to the EU remains very low.

Source: ECDC, 7 August 2019