Democratic Republic of Congo – Ebola Virus

World Health Organisation has declared the current outbreak of Ebola in DRC a ‘Public Health Emergency of International concern’. Commencing just over 12 months ago, the outbreak now appears to have spread to Goma, a large city in the south east of DRC, on the border with Rwanda. 3 cases were reported in Uganda in mid-June but none since.

Neighbouring countries continue to screen at borders in an effort to stop the spread. Risk for travellers remains low but anyone returning from DRC should self-monitor for 21 days after return and telephone ahead before presenting to any medical facility if they become ill.

Reports of success with new treatment medication have been welcomed this week  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/health/ebola-outbreak-cure.html