EVD outbreak in the DRC

16 February 2021

Article: 55/0705

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), following confirmation of a new case in North Kivu Province.

On 7 February 2021, laboratory testing confirmed the positive case of EVD in an adult living in Biena Health Zone. To date, the source of infection is still under investigation.

Advice to travellers

When EVD outbreaks occur, generally the risk of travellers becoming infected or developing the disease is extremely low.

Travellers returning from an Ebola 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), NHS111 (England and Wales) or contact their GP by telephone. While EVD 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, 12 February 2021