Since the beginning of May 2018 Ebola has returned to the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is the ninth outbreak of Ebola in Congo.

Ebola is a viral haemorrhagic fever. The WHO reports frequently about the outbreak. Medical teams from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Doctors without Borders (MSF) have travelled to the affected area. The Institute of Tropical Medicine offers scientific support to its Congolese partners.

The Belgian ministry of foreign affairs has discouraged all non-essential travel to the DRC even before the outbreak. Travellers to the region must adhere strictly to the travel advice given.

The risk of Ebola reaching Belgium is low, but we keep a close eye on the outbreak’s progress. Every traveller returning from the tropics and presenting a fever will be treated with increased caution and the necessary hygienic precautions will be taken.

Patients showing signs of viral haemorrhagic fever, can if necessary be quarantined in one of the two reference hospitals (UZA Antwerp and Saint-Pierre hospital, Brussels). The WHO has so far issued no restrictions on international travel and commerce to and from the RDC.

For more information, please consult the WHO website.