Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Thursday, 09 August 2018

Worldwide | OHRM | DM

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has recently declared an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the North Kivu province, Eastern DRC. As of 3 August, the WHO reported 13 confirmed and 30 probable cases (including 33 deaths) from this outbreak.

Ebola is a disease that is spread by direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of a person or animal infected with the Ebola virus, as well as through contact with contaminated objects. The WHO does currently not recommend any restriction of travel and trade to the DRC.

The UN Medical Services Division (MSD) strongly recommends that all UN personnel travelling into or residing in Ebola-affected areas in the DRC should review this HR Portal webpage for more information on Ebola and the prevention tips that are available online. Highlights of the prevention tips include:

During duty travel or while residing in DRC

  • Avoid contact with other people’s blood or bodily fluids.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with a person’s blood or bodily fluids (such as clothes, bedding, needles, and medical equipment).
  • Avoid contact with animals or raw bush meat.
  • Avoid funeral or burial rituals that require handling a dead body.
  • Follow any prophylaxis treatment recommended by your UN physician.

Post duty travel or while residing in DRC

  • Monitor your health for fever and other symptoms for 21 days.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you have traveled to the affected area and have been exposed to bodily fluids and developed any of these symptoms - fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, skin rash, red eyes, internal and external bleeding.
  • Tell the doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms before you go to his or her office or emergency room.

For more information, please visit these WHO pages: