Update on Ebola outbreaks

Current situation

On October 8, 2021, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in North Kivu Province. This is the 13th outbreak in the DRC since the virus was first discovered in 1976.

Investigations and response activities are ongoing in the DRC.

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

Risk to people in Canada

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

A vaccine is available to manage outbreaks, and may be offered to:

  • some humanitarian workers in EVD-affected areas
  • other healthcare or frontline workers in affected areas or areas at high risk of spread
  • people engaged in safe burials

However, this vaccine isn’t licensed in Canada, and isn’t available to the vast majority of Canadians. We urge you to practice special precautions if you’re travelling in an affected region.

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

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