Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of Congo


On 26 August 2014, the Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Equateur Province. As of September 9th 2014, the cumulative number of cases was 62 (14 confirmed, 26 probable, and 22 suspect). In total, 35 deaths have been reported (9 confirmed and 26 probable). No deaths have been reported among suspected cases.  This is the seventh outbreak of EVD in the former Zaire/present DRC since 1976. This outbreak in DRC is unrelated to the ongoing outbreak in West Africa, and is the result of an independent zoonotic introduction in the affected area.

The Ministry of Health of DRC has dispatched field teams to the area to monitor and evaluate the situation, and contact tracing is ongoing. Further information is available at http://www.who.int/csr/don/archive/year/2014/en/