CDC News: Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo tops 1,000 cases

CDC remains committed to bringing outbreak to an end

(STL.News) 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 CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “Despite this, CDC will continue to work 24/7 with our partners in DRC, in DRC’s neighboring countries, and around the world to prevent the spread of Ebola and bring this outbreak to an end.”

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 both locally within DRC and to neighboring countries.  CDC continues to provide technical assistance to the Ministries of Health of DRC and neighboring countries, in collaboration with international partners, to ensure the response is robust and well coordinated and bring the outbreak to an end.