Ebola in Mbandaka Health Zone, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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- On April 23, 2022, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared an Ebola outbreak in Mbandaka Health Zone, Equateur Province.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with local health authorities to identify sources of transmission, conduct case investigations, strengthen local laboratory capacity, and vaccinate affected individuals and their contacts.
- Travelers to this area should avoid contact with sick people, as well as avoid all contact with blood and other body fluids from other people.
- Travelers should seek medical care immediately if they develop fever, muscle pain, sore throat, diarrhea, weakness, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising during or after travel (up to 21 days).
- Workers with potential occupational exposure to Ebola should follow CDC recommendations to ensure they are healthy when they return to the United States.
- A vaccine to protect against Zaire ebolavirus species is available to certain individuals in select occupations (e.g., outbreak responders). It is not commercially available and can only be accessed through CDC.
- Health Information for Travelers to DRC
- CDC Ebola website
- CDC Ebola Factsheets
- WHO Ebola virus disease
- Travel health and medical evacuation insurance
- Register with the US Department of State
- Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers in the CDC Yellow Book: Health Information for International Travel
- Use of Ebola Vaccine: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, United States, 2020 MMWR publication
Ebola virus disease (also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a rare and deadly disease that periodically causes outbreaks in several African countries. It is spread by contact with blood or body fluids of a person infected with Ebola virus. It is also spread by contact with contaminated objects or infected animals.
Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and unexplained bleeding or bruising.