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19 May 2017

#Outbreak of #Ebola virus disease in Bas Uele province, Dem. Rep. of #Congo, 17 May 2017 (@ECDC_EU, summary)

 

Title: #Outbreak of #Ebola virus disease in Bas Uele province, Dem. Rep. of #Congo, 17 May 2017.

Subject: EVD outbreak in DR of Congo; risk assessment.

Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), full PDF file: (LINK). Summary.

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RAPID RISK ASSESSMENT

Outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Bas Uele province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 17 May 2017

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Suggested citation: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Bas Uele province, Democratic Republic of the Congo – 17 May 2017. Stockholm: ECDC; 2017. 

© European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm, 2017

 

Main conclusions and options for response

  • This is the eighth outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the discovery of the virus in 1976.
  • Therefore, DRC has experience in responding to such outbreaks.
  • Investigations in DRC are ongoing to assess the extent of the outbreak.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) and its Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) partners are supporting the national health authorities in the response. 
  • Although the outbreak is occurring in a very remote area to date, the spread of the disease to neighbouring regions cannot be ruled out.
  • For European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) citizens living in or travelling through DRC, the risk of exposure is negligible. 
  • For people entering the affected area, such as healthcare workers supporting the response to the outbreak, the risk of infection remains very low, assuming that they follow the recommended precautions.
  • The risk of introduction into the EU would most probably be related to an infected traveller coming from the affected area.
  • Although this is most unlikely, given the remote location of the outbreak, it cannot be excluded.
  • The overall risk of the introduction and further spread of Ebola virus within the EU/EEA is therefore currently considered to be extremely low.

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Keywords: ECDC; Updates; European Region; Ebola; Congo DR.

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