Update on the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 

Current situation

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was declared over by the World Health Organization on June 25, 2020.

On June 1, 2020 , the Ministry of Health of the DRC declared a new outbreak of EVD in the Wangata health zone, Mbandaka, in Équateur province. This is the 11th outbreak in the DRC since the virus was first discovered in 1976. The World Health Organization (WHO) is on the ground supporting the response to this outbreak.

The Government of Canada continues to closely monitor the evolving situation and support the international response, as appropriate.

Causes

The current outbreak is being caused by the Zaire ebolavirus. This is one of 4 species of Ebola virus known to cause EVD in humans. This particular species was responsible for the West-African outbreak from 2014 to 2016 and is the species targeted by the current investigational vaccine.

Vaccination

Vaccination is one of several measures being used to help control the outbreak in the DRC. Outbreak responders are using the investigational Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV, developed by researchers at the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory.

There is currently no approved vaccine available to travellers to prevent EVD. Travellers are urged to practice special precautions if travelling in the affected region.

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