03/03/2021: Lab Advisory: Recent Ebola Virus Outbreaks in Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Individuals Performing COVID-19 Testing

Level: Laboratory Advisory

Outbreaks of Ebola virus disease are ongoing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea. Although the risk of a travel-associated Ebola case in the United States is low, CDC recommends that clinical laboratories review information on specimen collection and transport and packaging and shipping for Ebola virus. Clinical laboratories should also review their internal risk assessments and biosafety procedures and controls for handling specimens that may contain Ebola virus.

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Laboratory Outreach Communication System | Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS)

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)