The World Health Organization has reported that a case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in North Kivu Province has been confirmed by the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). An EVD outbreak that affected North Kivu Province was declared over on 3 May 2021, and it is not known if this case is related to the recent cluster of cases reported in September of this year.
Advice for travellers
When Ebola outbreaks occur, generally the risk of travellers becoming infected or developing EVD is extremely low.
Travellers returning home from an Ebola outbreak area should seek rapid medical attention by contacting NHS 24 (Scotland) or NHS 111 (rest of UK) for advice prior to attending UK medical facilities if they develop a high temperature (fever) and have:
- returned to the UK within 21 days from a region or area with a known outbreak of EVD
- had contact with individuals infected with a viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF)
Further information and advice on VHFs are available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.
Source: TRAVAX, 15 October 2021