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Democratic Republic of Congo – Ebola Virus

Following an outbreak of Ebola Virus in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since July 2018, reports have confirmed 3 exported cases in neighbouring Uganda.  Cases continue to be reported in DRC, but there have been no new cases in Uganda since mid-June.

A large difference with this outbreak compared with the one in West Africa a few years ago is the there has been a vaccine used in contacts and health care workers, which has slowed the spread of the virus. Social unrest and distrust in health authorities have hindered the relief efforts.

We need to watch and wait and see what effect this will have on customs checks for neighbouring countries.
Risk for travellers remains low but anyone returning from DRC or Uganda should self-monitor for 21 days after return and telephone ahead before presenting to any medical facility if they become ill.

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