Outbreak Brief 5: Ebola virus disease (EVD) Outbreak

24 March 2021

Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (16 March 2021), no new cases or deaths have been reported. However six new recoveries of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and Guinea. Cumulatively, 30 EVD cases, 15 deaths (CFR: 50%), and 14 recoveries have been reported from DR Congo (12 cases; 6 deaths; 6 recoveries) and Guinea (18; 9; 8). Seven healthcare workers are amongst the confirmed cases: DR Congo (2) and Guinea (5) – see Table 1 for the subnational breakdown. It has been 22 and 19 days since the last confirmed cases were reported from DR Congo and Guinea, respectively.
Cross-border updates: Between 15 February to 20 March 2021, 23 EVD-related alerts were reported in 10 health districts, six of which border Guinea. Twenty-one alerts were investigated and tested negative for EVD by PCR. As of today no confirmed case has been reported from Sierra Leone.