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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ebola virus

On 1 August 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government confirmed an outbreak of the Ebola virus in North Kivu province, originating in Béni territory. On 24 September a case was also confirmed in Tchomia, a town on the Ugandan border approximately 200 kilometres north of the current hotspot of Beni. It has spread to Bunia, the second largest city in the DRC. 

As of 24 March 2019, cases of Ebola in the DRC exceeded 1000. Currently there are no trade or travel restrictions to DRC, however, travellers to DRC should consult a travel medicine clinic or medical practitioner 4 to 8 weeks before the journey to determine the need for any vaccinations and antimalarial medication. 

Travellers in the affected areas should avoid exposure to Ebola virus and practice good hygiene. 

To minimise risk of infection, travellers in the affected areas should avoid:

  • Contact with blood or body fluids (e.g. vomit, urine faeces, saliva);
  • Contact with a suspected infected person or dead body;
  • Handling of wild infected animals alive or dead. or their raw or undercooked meat; and
  • Contact with used needles and used objects that may have been contaminated.

The latest updates can be found on the World Health Organization website.

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