1 August 2018 – The World Health Organization was notified by the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in North Kivu province. Cases have also been subsequently found in the Ituri Province. Between 4 May and 15 October 2018, 216 EVD cases have been reported, of which 181 are confirmed and 35 are probable. The global case fatality rate stands at 64% overall, and at 57% among confirmed cases.
This is the tenth outbreak of EVD over the last four decades in the country.
The latest updates can be found on the World Health Organization website.
24 May 2018 – The WHO, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and international partners are responding to an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the DRC using a model that was successful in resolving a similar outbreak in 2017.
The risk to New Zealand from EVD in the DRC is low due to the mode of transmission of the virus, the distance from New Zealand, the low number of travellers coming to New Zealand from the DRC, increased exit screening occurring in the DRC, and the rapid response of the DRC Government and the WHO to manage the outbreak.
29 December 2015 – WHO declared Guinea free of Ebola virus transmission, as 42 days have passed since the last confirmed case had a second negative blood test.
9 November 2015 – On 7 November 2015, WHO declared Sierra Leone free of Ebola virus transmission, as 42 days have passed since the last confirmed case had a second negative blood test.
11 May 2015 – On 9 May 2015, WHO declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission, as 42 days have passed since the last laboratory-confirmed case was buried.