December 12, 2018

Below you will find intelligence updates as our team of expert analysts continuously track the Ebola outbreaks. These alerts provide a glimpse into one of 11 categories covered by WorldAware intelligence-driven risk management services.

Navigate to each of the Ebola alert updates below:

November 26: Update 10 | Warning Alert: Ebola vaccination continues in Ituri and North Kivu provinces, DRC, during 2018. Threat to wider public is low.

December 11: Update 11 | Warning Alert: Ebola vaccination continues in Ituri and North Kivu provinces, DRC, during 2018. Threat to the wider public is low.


UPDATE 11: Ebola vaccination continues in Ituri and North Kivu provinces, DRC, during 2018. Threat to the wider public is low.

This alert began 11 Dec 2018 10:50 GMT and is scheduled to expire 11 Feb 2019 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Ebola outbreak
  • Affected Areas: Ituri and North Kivu provinces (map)
  • Cases (Confirmed): 498 (450)
  • Period: June-December 2018
  • Transmission: Close personal contact and exposure to bodily fluids from a symptomatic infected person - particularly blood, vomit, and diarrhea

 

Summary

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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have identified 498 suspected Ebola cases, including 450 confirmed, in Ituri and North Kivu provinces as of Dec. 9. Most confirmed cases have been identified in northern areas of North Kivu Province; 27 confirmed cases have occurred in Ituri Province. This represents the most complete data available as of Dec. 11.

DRC has robust measures in place to address sporadic Ebola outbreaks, including strengthening disease surveillance and deploying health workers with specialized training to perform safe burials. Ebola vaccination began Aug. 8. More than 3,000 vaccine doses were made available to immunize high-risk contacts and health professionals. To date, more than 43,940 individuals have been vaccinated across affected areas.

The US CDC maintains an "Alert-Level 2" travel health notice due to Ebola virus activity in Ituri and North Kivu. This level emphasizes the need for travelers to practice enhanced health precautions - predominantly by not handling items that have come in contact with a person's blood or bodily fluids, such as such as clothes and bedding, avoiding contact with blood or bodily fluid from a sick person, avoiding contact with wild animals and consuming bushmeat, and self-monitoring for fever for 21 days after being in an affected area.

 

Background and Analysis
The current outbreak is unrelated to a recent Ebola outbreak in Equateur Province, approximately 2,500 km (1,553 miles) west of North Kivu. The Equateur outbreak was declared over on July 24. DRC has experienced sporadic Ebola activity since 1976, when an outbreak caused 318 confirmed and suspected cases and 280 deaths in Yambuku, Equateur Province.

Ebola is transmitted through close personal contact and exposure to excretions and bodily fluids from infected patients - particularly blood, blood products, and tissue. The consumption of primate and bat meat (bushmeat) may also play a role in the virus' transmission.


Advice
The threat of Ebola infection for persons not involved in healthcare or funeral settings is low. Observe strict health precautions, including frequent hand washing with soap and water or with hand sanitizer. Where possible, limit exposure to crowds, including markets and other areas where large numbers of people congregate. Stay away from any locations where bushmeat is collected, butchered, or sold. Avoid contact with animals and items that may have come in contact with an infected person's blood or bodily fluids.
 


UPDATE 10: Ebola vaccination continues in Ituri and North Kivu provinces, DRC, during 2018. Threat to wider public is low.

This alert began 26 Nov 2018 22:41 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Jan 2019 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Ebola outbreak
  • Affected Areas: Ituri and North Kivu provinces 
  • Cases (Confirmed): 310+ (277)
  • Period: June-November 2018
  • Transmission: Close personal contact and exposure to bodily fluids from a symptomatic infected person - particularly blood, vomit, and diarrhea

 

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Summary
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have identified 412 suspected Ebola cases, including 365 confirmed, in Ituri and North Kivu provinces as of Nov. 24. Most confirmed cases have been identified in northern areas of North Kivu Province; 18 confirmed cases have occurred in Ituri Province. This represents the most complete data available as of Nov. 26.

DRC has robust measures in place to address sporadic Ebola outbreaks, including strengthening disease surveillance and deploying health workers with specialized training to perform safe burials. Ebola vaccination began Aug. 8. More than 3,000 vaccine doses were made available to immunize high-risk contacts and health professionals. To date, more than 35,300 individuals have been vaccinated across affected areas.

The US CDC maintains an "Alert-Level 2" travel health notice due to Ebola virus activity in Ituri and North Kivu. This level emphasizes the need for travelers to practice enhanced health precautions - predominantly by not handling items that have come in contact with a person's blood or bodily fluids, such as such as clothes and bedding, avoiding contact with blood or bodily fluid from a sick person, avoiding contact with wild animals and consuming bushmeat, and self-monitoring for fever for 21 days after being in an affected area.

 

Background and Analysis
The current outbreak is unrelated to a recent Ebola outbreak in Equateur Province, approximately 2,500 km (1,553 miles) west of North Kivu. The Equateur outbreak was declared over on July 24. DRC has experienced sporadic Ebola activity since 1976 when an outbreak caused 318 confirmed and suspected cases and 280 deaths in Yambuku, Equateur Province.

Ebola is transmitted through close personal contact and exposure to excretions and bodily fluids from infected patients - particularly blood, blood products, and tissue. The consumption of primate and bat meat (bushmeat) may also play a role in the virus' transmission.


Advice
The threat of Ebola infection for persons not involved in healthcare or funeral settings is low. Observe strict health precautions, including frequent hand washing with soap and water or with hand sanitizer. Where possible, limit exposure to crowds, including markets and other areas where large numbers of people congregate. Stay away from any locations where bushmeat is collected, butchered, or sold. Avoid contact with animals and items that may have come in contact with an infected person's blood or bodily fluids.

 

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