The Democratic Republic of Congo has reported 39 suspected, probable, or confirmed cases of Ebola between April 4 and May 13, including 19 deaths.
Cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in an area of Congo that is facing an Ebola outbreak as early as December, while the first deaths were reported in January.
The current outbreak is in a remote area, but one of the towns where cases may be occurring is a port that connects to the Congo and Ubangi rivers, opening up the possibility of infected individuals traveling by boat to the densely populated capital cities of the Democratic Republic Congo, the Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic.
The government of Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola after at least two people were infected and possibly as many as 17 died from the disease in the northwest region of the country.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 42 days after the last confirmed Ebola patient.
Democratic Republic of the Congo officials report that the Ebola outbreak has been “brought under control.”
So far there have been two confirmed cases, four probable cases, and four deaths.
The case-fatality rate is currently 11 percent.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the risk from the outbreak is “high at the national level,” while regional level risk is moderate.
The outbreak has been reported in a remote and hard to reach area, and appears to be geographically limited.