End of EVD outbreak in eastern DRC

30 June 2020

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On 25 June 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) that began in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in August 2018 is now over. Since the beginning of the outbreak, there have been 3,463 cases, including 2,280 deaths. An unrelated outbreak of EVD continues in Equateur Province in northern DRC.

Advice for 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, 25 June 2020