Ebola outbreak has been declared in Democratic Republic of Congo


Euro-Center Cape Town would like to share the following information that a new Ebola outbreak has been declared in Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday.

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed the outbreak in the province of Bikoro, in the northwestern part of the country, after 17 people died in the area and laboratory results confirmed the presence of the virus. Bikoro is situated on the shores of Lake Tumba, near the border with the Republic of Congo.

Sadly, this is the ninth time Ebola has hit the central African nation, whose eastern Ebola River gave the deadly virus its name when it was discovered there in 1970s. This time, this outbreak comes less than a year after its last outbreak, which killed eight people.

Medical teams supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Doctors Without Borders were dispatched to the area and are working closely with the government to stop the spread of Ebola throughout the country and to neighbouring countries.

For further updates including travel advice, we recommend monitoring via the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/democratic-republic-of-the-congo

https://www.news24.com/Africa

http://www.enca.com/

http://www.who.int/

Euro-Center Cape Town is monitoring the situation and will keep you updated if needed for further developments.

Please do not hesitate to contact us on capetown@euro-center.com