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 have also been reported in Ituri and South Kivu provinces. On June 11, 2019, the Ugandan Ministry of Healthexternal icon (MOH) confirmed their first imported case from DRC into Uganda in the country’s Kasese District. Two additional related cases in Uganda were confirmed the following day. No additional cases linked to this cluster have been reported. On August 29, 2019 the Uganda MOH confirmed another unrelated imported case of Ebola in Kasese District.
This is 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) is assisting the DRC and Uganda governments, countries bordering the outbreak area, and local and international partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) to coordinate activities and provide technical guidance related to surveillance, laboratory testing, contact tracing, infection control, border health screening, data management, risk communication and health education, vaccination, and logistics.