Location: Equateur Province
- Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens that the DRC’s health minister and the World Health Organization reported 27 possible cases, which includes 17 deaths and 2 confirmed cases, of Ebola virus disease in the province of Equateur, 200 kilometers south of Mbandaka. The Ebola Virus is one of the hemorrhagic fever illnesses. The virus is transmitted through contact with infected blood, bodily fluids, and handling or washing of infected corpses or through contact with objects that have been in contact with infected secretions.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid handling items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids. Contact your healthcare provider if you have concerns.
- Review the country page and remain alert for potentially dangerous situations.
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Country Specific Information for the DRC.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, located at 310 Avenue des Aviateurs, the Consular Section at tel. +243-081-556-0151. (Do not dial the zero when calling from abroad) from Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is 081-556-0151.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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