DRC Outbreak NETEC Release
NETEC's response to the DRC outbreak.
On August 1st 2018, a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease was declared by the Ministry of Health in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On June 25th, 2020, the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu Provinces, DRC. The declaration was made in line with WHO recommendations more than 42 days after the last person who contracted Ebola in this outbreak tested negative twice and was discharged (WHO). As of June 21st 2020, there are 3317 confirmed cases, 153 probable cases, and 2287 deaths in twenty-nine health zones in the DRC in North Kivu Province, including Alimbongo, Beni, Biena, Butembo, Goma, Kalunguta, Katwa, Kayna, Kyondo, Lubero, Mabalako, Mangurujipa, Masereka, Musienene, Mutwanga, Nyiragongo, Oicha, Pinga, and Vuhovi, in South Kivu Province, including Mwenga, and in Ituri Province, including Ariwara, Bunia, Komanda, Lolwa, Mambasa, Mandima, Nyankunde, Tchomia, and Rwampara Health Zones. On July 17th, 2019 the Director-General convened the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) and accepted the Emergency Committee’s recommendation that the outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). See updates on the WHO situation reports page and the WHO health emergency update page. The first case was confirmed in Uganda on June 11th, 2019 (WHO), and the Uganda Ministry of Health on June 17th, 2019 stated there are 3 confirmed cases with 3 deaths in Kasese province, and no new cases as of July 25th, 2019, 42 days after last contact (Uganda Ministry of Health).
Between April 1st and June 24th, 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 54 Ebola virus disease cases in the DRC: 16 probable and 38 confirmed, resulting in 33 deaths. Fifty WHO public health experts were deployed to assist the DRC’s Ministry of Health. Confirmed and probable cases were reported from three health zones: Bikoro (21 cases), Iboko (29 cases), and Wangata (4 cases). Seven cases were health care workers, two of whom died. After 42 days passed since the last possible exposure, the Minister of Health, Dr. Oly llunga announced the end of the outbreak in that region.
The 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic highlighted the need for rapid response and dissemination of information during an outbreak. The National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) is prepared.
Specific for the current situation, NETEC has collected some essential Ebola-related resources on this page. Additionally, healthcare and public health professionals can register to attend an upcoming workshop or submit a question to one of NETEC’s many experts via the web portal or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.