On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in North Kivu Provinceexternal icon. Cases were also reported in Ituri and South Kivu provinces. In 2019, Uganda detected and responded to four Ebola cases imported from neighboring DRC; no additional neighboring countries reported cases related to this outbreak. On June 25, 2020, the WHO declared this outbreak over.external icon In total, 3470 cases (probable and confirmed) of Ebola were reported, with 2287 deaths.
This was the 10th and largest Ebola outbreak in DRC, and the second largest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded since the virus was discovered in 1976 in DRC. The confirmed cases in Uganda represent the first cases of Zaire ebolavirus in that country, and the first cases of Ebola virus disease in Uganda since 2013.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided assistance to the governments of DRC and Uganda, countries bordering the outbreak area, and local and international partners to coordinate activities and provide technical assistance related to surveillance, laboratory testing, contact tracing, infection control, border health screening, data management, risk communication and health education, vaccination, and logistics.