Outbreak Brief 2: Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo

22 October 2021

Outbreak Update: Since last brief (15 October 2021), three new confirmed cases and one new confirmed death of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This is a 150% increase in the new confirmed cases being reported compared to the last outbreak brief. Cumulatively, five confirmed cases and three confirmed deaths (case fatality ratio: 60%) have been reported from Butsili health area, Beni health zone, DRC. The last confirmed case was reported on 16 October 2021.
This follows a cluster of three deaths (two female children and their father) who were neighbours of the index case. The deaths of these individuals occurred on 14, 19 and 29 September after developing symptoms consistent with EVD; none were tested for EVD.