Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo reaches 3,000 cases and 2,000 deaths

CDC remains committed to bringing outbreak to an end

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 29, 2019
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

As the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues, the number of Ebola cases has reached 3,000 and more than 2,000 deaths. Cases have recently been reported in previously unaffected areas in DRC and are now in 29 health zones and in a new province, South Kivu, which increases the risk of disease spread both locally within DRC and to neighboring countries. As of August 28, the DRC Ministry of Health has reported 3,004 cases and 2,006 deaths.

“Far too many lives have been lost in this Ebola outbreak. The DRC, U.S. government, and international partners are working hard to overcome the significant challenges to stopping the spread of this disease in DRC,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “CDC is prepared for a long-term public health response in DRC and its neighboring countries, and we agree with our World Health Organization colleagues about the need for a change in the response to bring this outbreak to an end.”

CDC has recently doubled the number of outbreak response experts in DRC and will have 30 responders on the ground by September 1 to work on case investigation, contact tracing, disease tracking, safe burials, community engagement and risk communication, laboratory testing, and border health. CDC staff have conducted more than 360 deployments.

CDC’s Emergency Operations Center continues to provide 24/7 technical assistance to the ministries of health of DRC and neighboring countries, in collaboration with international partners, to ensure the response is robust, well-coordinated, and focused on bringing the outbreak to an end.

For more information about the current outbreak in DRC https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/drc/2018-august.html

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