WHO continues to monitor Ebola in DRC

WHO continues to monitor Ebola in DRC

According to a new report from the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Health and WHO are continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Priorities include strengthening surveillance and contact tracing, laboratory capacity, infection prevention and control, case management, community engagement, safe and dignified burials, response co-ordination and vaccination. The DRC has also implemented cross-border surveillance at points of entry in order to avoid the spread of the disease from affected provinces to non-affected provinces and to other countries.

On 3 July, WHO reviewed the level of public health risk associated with the current outbreak and concluded that the current Ebola virus disease outbreak has largely been contained. WHO said that the risk of an international traveller becoming infected with Ebola virus during a visit to the affected areas and developing disease after returning is low, even if the visit included travel to areas where primary cases have been reported.