Current Ebola outbreak in DRC now the second largest global outbreak on record

Published: Monday, 25 March 2019 09:01

As of March 24, 2019, public health officials have documented that the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has surpassed 1,000 cases; the current total number of confirmed and probable cases is 1009, including 625 deaths and 318 survivors. The outbreak is the largest in DRC’s history and the second largest outbreak recorded of Ebola ever (after the 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa).

“This is a disappointing milestone. This remains a highly complex Ebola outbreak with active Ebola transmission in 21 health zones,” said US CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D.

The outbreak in DRC is occurring in a region where there is armed conflict, outbreaks of violence, and other problems that complicate public health response activities and increase the risk of disease spread.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the risk of national and regional spread remains very high.