Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kinshasa

Location:  Democratic Republic of Congo, North Kivu

Event:The Democratic Republic of the Congo reports an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Province of North Kivu.  As of August 1, the DRC Ministry of Health reported four confirmed cases of Ebola virus in an area approximately 30 Km west of Beni in North Kivu.

Ebola 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:

  • Visit the CDC Travelers’ Health Page, which has information on Ebola.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Review the country page and remain alert for potentially dangerous situations.