The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to evolve. Since the last external situation report on 18 May 2018, six additional cases with two deaths have been reported. On 20 May 2018, two new suspected cases and one new death of a confirmed case have been reported in Wangata Health Zone. Six cases (previously reported) in Iboko Health Zone have been confirmed.

From 4 April 2018 to 20 May 2018, a cumulative total of 51 EVD cases, including 27 deaths (case fatality rate 52.9%), have been reported. Of the 51 cases, 28 have been confirmed, 21 probable and two remain suspected cases. A total of five healthcare workers have been affected, with four confirmed cases and two deaths.

Three health zones have been affected: Bikoro (29 cases and 22 deaths), Iboko (16 cases and 3 deaths) and Wangata (6 cases and 4 deaths). Bikoro Health Zone remains the epicentre of the outbreak, accounting for 56.9% of all reported cases and 81.5% of all deaths.

A total of 628 contacts have been identified and are being followed up. Efforts are ongoing to enhance contact tracing and follow up.

Please click here to download the complete situation report (PDF).