Democratic Republic of Congo – Ebola outbreak (DG ECHO, WHO, UN, INGOs, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 21 March 2019)

  • The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak is still not under control. There are 968 reported cases, 903 confirmed and 65 probable, 606 reported deaths and 315 that have recovered.

  • 20 health zones are affected in North Kivu and Ituri, but only ten have reported new cases in the last 21 days – the incubation period. Some health zones have seen a resurgence of cases, which is of serious concern. The latest epidemiological projections indicate that the epidemic is entering a new phase with geographical expansion and an increase in the number of cases.

  • It remains challenging to implement health actions and to follow the 4 000 individual contacts of patients. On 16 March 2019, only 82% had been seen in the previous 24 hours. Efforts must be made to gain the trust of local communities.

  • The new Strategic Response Plan covers a six-month period from February till end July 2019. However, the Director of the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reportedly warned that it could take "another year or more" to control the outbreak.