Update on Ebola outbreaks

Current situation

On February 14, 2021, Guinea declared an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the sub-prefecture of Gouécké. This is the first outbreak of EVD in Guinea since the 2013-2016 outbreak in West Africa.

On February 7, 2021, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of EVD in North Kivu Province. This is the 12th outbreak in the DRC since the virus was first discovered in 1976.

Investigations and response activities are ongoing in Guinea and the DRC, including vaccination campaigns and support from the World Health Organization.

We continue to closely monitor the evolving situation and support the international response, as appropriate.

Risk to Canadians

The overall risk to Canadians is considered very low. No cases of EVD have ever been reported in Canada.

A vaccine is available as an outbreak management measure and may be offered to:

  • some humanitarian workers deploying to an EVD-affected area
  • those engaged in safe burials
  • other healthcare or frontline workers in affected areas and areas at high risk of spread.

However, this vaccine is not licensed in Canada, and is thus unavailable to the vast majority of Canadians. Travellers are urged to practice special precautions if travelling in the affected region.

We continue to reassess the public health risk based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves.

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