2021 Democratic Republic of the Congo, North Kivu Province

On November 18, 2020, the DRC Ministry of Health and WHO declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in Equateur Province. Visit the Ebola Outbreak section for information on past Ebola outbreaks.

Overview

On February 7, 2021 the Ministry of Health (MOH) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced that a case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) had been confirmed in Biena Health Zone, North Kivu Province. Subsequent cases have since been confirmed. North Kivu was previously affected by EVD during the 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak, the largest in DRC’s history, which was declared over on June 25, 2020.

Sequencing of samples suggests that cases are linked to cases in the area during the 2018–2020 outbreak and likely caused by a persistent infection in a survivor that led to either a relapse or sexual transmission of the virus.

CDC is working with the MOH, World Health Organization, and partners to implement response activities to stop the spread of the virus and end the outbreak.

Ebola Communication and Awareness Resources for Congolese healthcare workers and communities are available.

Map showing Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in DRC North Kivu Province, February 2021