Twelfth outbreak declared in North Kivu province
On 7 February 2021, DRC declared an outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu province, in the country's northeast.
North Kivu – along with South Kivu and Ituri provinces – was the location of the country’s devastating tenth outbreak, between August 2018 and June 2020, in which 3,470 cases were recorded and 2,287 people died. It was DRC’s largest-ever outbreak of the disease.
DRC's 12th outbreak - information as of 18 March 2021; figures provided by DRC Ministry of Health via WHO.
The outbreak is located in the health zones near the city of Butembo. The number of cases is currently small. Vaccination of contacts, and contacts of contacts – using the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine – has taken place, with over 1,600 people vaccinated.
No new cases of Ebola have been reported since 1 March and the last patient left a treatment centre in Katwa on 21 March. Should there be no new cases confirmed and reported after 42 days since the last negative test of the last patient, the epidemic will be declared over at the beginning of May.
MSF teams are responding to the outbreak in Matanda hospital, in Katwa health zone, and in Katitumba hospital, in Butembo health zone. Support includes providing medical supplies, training staff, and constructing and rehabilitating infrastructures to isolate suspected and confirmed patients.
In addition, we’re providing social support to high-risk contacts so they can be followed-up by the response team. Our activities have focused on supporting existing health facilities, preparing local health system teams to respond autonomously to possible future epidemics.