2018 Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo Outbreak (ongoing)


For the most current information about this outbreak, including the most up to date number of cases, see WHO’s Ebola situation reports: Democratic Republic of the Congoexternal iconexternal icon.

On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in North Kivu Provinceexternal icon. The outbreak is continuing with moderate intensity in eastern DRC. Confirmed and probable cases have been reported in twenty-five health zones of North Kivu and Ituri provinces of DRC (Alimbongo, Beni, Biena, Butembo, Goma, Kalunguta, Katwa, Kayina, Kyondo, Lubero, Mabalako, Mangurujipa, Masereka, Musienene, Mutwanga, Oicha, and Vuhovi zones in North Kivu; as well as Ariwara, Bunia, Komanda, Mambasa, Mandima, Nyakunde, Rwampara, and Tchomia zones in Ituri). On June 11, 2019, the Ugandan Ministry of Healthexternal icon confirmed their first imported case from DRC into Uganda in the country’s Kasese District. Two additional related cases in Uganda were confirmed the following day. No additional cases have been reported in Uganda since June 12, 2019.

This is the 10th and largest Ebola outbreak in DRC, and the second largest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded since the virus was discovered in 1976 in DRC. The confirmed cases in Uganda represent the first cases of Zaire ebolavirus in that country, and the first cases of Ebola virus disease in Uganda since 2013.

Dikembe Mutombo Ebola PSA

Dikembe Mutombo, who is Congolese and an internationally famous retired sports star and philanthropist, worked with CDC to film a public service announcement (PSA) for Ebola to help communicate with the Congolese people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is assisting the DRC and Uganda governments, countries bordering the outbreak area, and local and international partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) to coordinate activities and provide technical guidance related to surveillance, laboratory testing, contact tracing, infection control, border health screening, data management, risk communication and health education, vaccination, and logistics.

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